Donors help fund renovated Collierville Animal Shelter - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Donors help fund renovated Collierville Animal Shelter

(Source: Friends of Collierville Animal Services//Facebook) (Source: Friends of Collierville Animal Services//Facebook)

Volunteers donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to help build the Collierville Animal Shelter.

The Collierville Animal Shelter Improvement Project took off in the spring, with 75 percent of the $492,950 needed to pay for improvements being received through donations.

The expansion will add a surgery area, laundry, mechanical, prep area, and restroom to the shelter over 1,300 square feet on the eastern side of the building.

On the western side, 1,200 square feet will be used as a cat habitat and office space.

A secure lobby area will also be built over the existing covered porch.

“The Collierville Animal Shelter is a special place,” Interim Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Director Greg Clark said. “The love and affection provided not only by our staff, but the many volunteers that donate their time and resources for the animals that come into the shelter is a tremendous asset to the town. These special services do not go without notice from our citizens; as our shelter could not provide the amount of attention and resources to the animals without the donation of gifts and financial generosity of our community.”

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The shelter was already a $25,000 grant from Pet Smart Charities for turn-out kennels. The program is also providing $19,000 for kennels in the isolation and recovery room for animals following surgery.

The expansion is part of a five-year plan for the Collierville Animal Shelter.

CAS director Nina Wingfield hopes to add a training facility and expects the need for a small dispatch center in the coming years.

“Collierville Animal Services is one of the leading animal shelters in the Mid-South,” Wingfield said. “This expansion will provide valuable resources to allow us to improve our operations and reduce the euthanasia of healthy and adoptable animals.”

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