A (Pet)Smart Location
In 2011, a new Enhanced Adoption Center opened inside a Boise PetSmart, thanks to a partnership between the Idaho Humane Society and PetSmart Charities. The 2,076-square-foot center will free up kennel space at the humane society’s main shelter, and provide a new venue for adoptable animals until they find homes. PetSmart Charities funded 100 percent of the build-out costs, and PetSmart is not charging the humane society—which will staff and run the center—any rent. The center can house more than 45 dogs and cats; about 20 pets are expected to be adopted from the site each week. "It’s in a really high-traffic area, right by the mall here in Boise, whereas our shelter is out behind the airport … there’s a lot of people coming through," says Hannah Parpart, the humane society’s communications and outreach coordinator. The center’s upbeat design and retail-style atmosphere are a hit with visitors, too. "When you walk into a lobby, and you can see dogs frolicking and having such a great time, it sets the tone for a really positive experience."
Dreams Can Come True
Mike Cassidy, director of public services for Jessamine County (Kentucky) is elated with his county’s new $720,000 animal shelter, which opened in July. Cassidy, who’s worked for the county for 13 years, wasn’t sure he’d ever get to see a modern building replace the old one, which he estimates was built 30-40 years ago. "We never thought we could get everybody on board to construct a new one." he says.