AUBURN — The DeKalb Humane Society will reveal its future plans at a “Bark to Our Future” Community Capital Campaign event on Friday, June 21, from 6-9 p.m. at the Auburn Moose Lodge, 402 S. Main St.

Human Society board President Carolyn Shelton said she the entire DeKalb County community to enjoy hot dogs, chips and drinks, all donated by the Moose Lodge.

“The evening will feature the unveiling of new building plans and location and will offer many opportunities for community participation in the project,” Shelton added.

Shelton said the goal of the “Bark to Our Future” Capital Campaign is “to build a new facility in a location more centrally located to assure equitable access to the county’s population.”

She said with the welfare of the animals in mind, the new building will provide a safe, comfortable environment with designated areas for animal intake, outdoor dog runs, community cat rooms, isolation rooms and adoption areas. She said a top priority is a community room that will be used for public meetings and educational programs for both children and adults.

The mission of the DeKalb Humane Society is to provide safe shelter for animals, to return lost animals to their owners, to place adoptable pets into their forever homes, and to educate the public about basic pet needs, care and safety, the organization said. It emphasizes and encourages the importance of spaying and neutering animals to help curtail the increasing animal population.

The DeKalb Humane Society has occupied its present home along U.S. 6 west of Butler since 1976. Due to heavy highway and train traffic, the building suffers major deterioration demanding constant maintenance and financial input, the society said.

“The board is sure that the new location will encourage more people to volunteer,” a news release said. “The shelter needs animal lovers and advocates to help with necessary tasks such as socializing animals, walking dogs, interacting with cats, greeting visitors and completing basic housekeeping tasks. Animal safety and training programs will be offered to the community, volunteers and adoptive families to provide skills and learning in order to increase the adoptability of animals.”

The DeKalb Humane Society said it welcomes and encourages the community to join in the June 21 event to learn more about the building project “and to be a part of moving the mission, vision and services of the shelter forward to provide the highest-quality care for DeKalb County’s animals in need.”

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