Archive for Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Humane Society sets sights on facility

November 23, 2010

The Leavenworth County Humane Society currently doesn’t have a shelter of its own for taking in animals.

LCHS president Crystal Blackdeer provides foster care at her home, as do a handful of Leavenworth County residents.

Blackdeer hopes that will change in the coming years.

The Leavenworth County Humane Society recently unveiled drawings for an 11,000 square-foot facility that is expected to cost about $3.27 million. It is to be called the LCHS Community Animal Care Center.

“In a perfect world, someone would give us 20 acres or 200 acres of land today and we could mortgage that to start building a building,” Blackdeer said. “But it’s not a perfect world.

“Realistically, maybe 2013 or 2014. We can start the capital campaign earlier.”

The local humane society was established in June 2009. Blackdeer said that to receive grants, organizations usually needed to be in operation a minimum of three years.

“You need three years worth of financial records,” Blackdeer said about a common grant requirement. “They make sure you’re solvent and responsible. And doing the tax thing right.”

The society recently unveiled renderings for the center, thanks to Chad Kraus and Regina Yunghans of CK-RY Architecture in Lawrence. Kraus also is an assistant professor in the school of architecture design and planning at Kansas University.

Plans provide for capacity of 70 dogs and 70 cats, most in enclosures that provide public interaction and adoption. Separate areas are planned for puppies, kittens, small mammals, birds and other animals in need of special care. In addition, an on-site clinic with a surgery suite would provide for veterinary services at the center.

Expansion plans call for farm animal care and a crematory and memorial area that could be revenue generating.

Designs reflect an environmentally friendly feel. According to the LCHS, the use of harmonious materials and environmentally responsible building options are part of the concept.

Kraus and Yunghans provided design services pro bono. Blackdeer said she found out about a Kansas City, Mo., design institute doing a cooperative that offered services to organizations free of charge, which is how she made contact with Kraus.

A location for the center hasn’t been decided, though Blackdeer said she thought somewhere between Basehor and Lansing would be the most ideal because it has the most population growth potential. She said she hoped it could be somewhat centrally located. And, Leavenworth will be building a new animal control building in 2013, so LCHS doesn’t want to compete with that facility by building in Leavenworth, Blackdeer said.

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