Voters Approve Plan for New Animal Shelter

Reported by: Phil Campbell
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Updated: 11/07/2012 10:38 pm

With the presidential election taking center stage Tuesday, a bunch of four legged friends managed to capture the hearts, and more importantly the votes of the community.

“It’s hard to say it without breaking down,” said Mary Remer of the Pocatello Animal Shelter. “It’s hard to do that because we understand this was a community project. It wasn’t just us with the shelter putting this on, getting this to go, and the bond committee, they worked so many hours and we are so thankful for all the time and energy they put into it. But we understand there’s so many citizens out there that also did their part. Everybody put together the push, and all their friends, and talking with their business people and things like that in helping to make it happen. And when you 72-percent, it’s a little overwhelming to realize it was a huge project on the whole community to put together.”

Sometime next week a sign will be placed to mark where the new animal shelter will be located. But before they can move forward, city officials need to finalize a plan.

“We have a little bit of celebration we want to plan for because like I said a lot of people did a lot of time and energy into to this and we need to thank them for that,” continued Remer. “And then we’ll get together, we’re going to get together with the department heads, our legal department and the Mayor’s office to find out where to go with this next…what’s the best way to plan, so that we are all on the same page. We are all heading in the same direction and we can do efficiently and make this happen very fast.”

Mary Remer believes that they will be able to break ground next spring and have the new shelter open by the end of the year.

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