MARY ESTHER—A new PAWS shelter will break ground within the next month or so, said Dee Thompson executive director of PAWS.


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Located down the street at 745 Lovejoy Road, the new facility will have a welcome center, and spay and neuter clinic along with upgraded cages.


Animals in the new facility, especially cats, will have more opportunities for fresh air because the property will have screened-in areas for the cats to roam.


Dog cages will be separated into different areas, so there will be less noise and barking in the new facility.


The current building down the street will function as the animal control area.


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In May of last year, around 17 acres of land were donated to PAWS to create the new facility.


While the groundbreaking is just around the corner, building the new facility is still a slow process. The area designated for the dog kennels still needs to be rezoned, she said.


Money is also a huge factor in the new facility, Thompson said.


Thompson said it is daunting knowing how important the upgrades are for the animals and worrying about whether the funds will match the need.


"We do need the public’s donation to help us to move forward with this facility," she said. "We need the public to support us."