A Marion County animal shelter finds itself faced with mutiple dilemmas, after need of services continue to grow beyond the shelters current caring capabilities.
With serving the community for 74 year, volunteers and employees of Marion County Humane Society have been working out of the Fairmont location since the 1970’s.
While working under the mission of saving lives and growing families, workers told 12 News they feel it is time to grow in facility size, as they continue their care.
“If we don’t have the space to take in animals than we can’t help the county and if we can’t help the county than what are we here for?” said Frankie Spatafore, animal care associate and kennel technician.
The current location can comfortably house 30 to 40 dogs while also housing 40 to 50 cats total, but with helping animals 365 days a year, Spatore says the building can at times be at overcapacity.
“It’s not uncommon for us to cram in and be up to 50 dogs and 80 cats in the summertime and that’s why we don’t want to cram these animals, we want them to be able to live comfortably which is why we’re looking for a new space,” continued Spatafore. “We are a no kill shelter, so we do not euthanize for space so when people come in they need our help we try to offer them other solutions. We refer them over to different organizations in the county, we take information that we can call them back later if we have space, and we also try to help them to supply them with food or necessities that they need to care for the animals until we are able to take them in.”
Outside of spacing issues, the 40 plus year old building also causes a nurturing problem, as the facility struggles with climate control issues, water pressure concerns, kennel equipment malfunctions and improper quaratine areas for animals needing future health examining.
Humane Society personnel told 12 News as they continue to look for options on a new location, the really need the support of the community behind them.
“In order for us to thrive, we need our community just like our community needs us, so we just ask for the support so that we can be there to help them later on when they need us,” Frankie said.
Employees of the Marion County Humane Society will be meeting with the Fairmont City zoning committee at the public safety office this Thursday, May 2 at 7pm to discuss further options.
Community supporters are welcomed to attend.