The Danville Area Humane Society is expanding!

The board and staff of the Danville Area Humane Society are thrilled to announce that a $250,000 grant has been received from The E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust to renovate and remodel the oldest parts of the city public animal shelter. The cat room and isolation areas will be renovated and the older dog runs that have not been used for over ten years will be gutted and turned into a cat room.

Paulette Dean, director, said, “We are deeply grateful to the Trustees for supporting our work through the years. When we received notification of this grant, I sat at my desk with tear-filled eyes, so thankful for this opportunity to improve the shelter.”

Ken Larking, the City Manager of Danville, said, “We are pleased to hear that the Danville Area Humane Society received this much-needed grant to upgrade the facility. For many years, the City has enjoyed a great working relationship with the Danville Area Humane Society and we appreciate everything they do for our community.”

The Danville Area Humane Society has operated the public shelter since 1984. The organization expanded the shelter at that time with a loan from a bank. In 1989, the City paid for the addition of a cat room and isolation areas. The Society built 28 additional dog runs in 2007 and then an adoption center in 2012. All of the Society additions and improvements were funded through grants and private donations.

“We invite everyone to come to our Santa pet photo event and adoption fair this Saturday,” said Dean. “We are having a sale on our t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies. All of the proceeds from events like this support the work of the animal shelter, as well as our community outreach and education programs.”

In addition to the $250,000 grant (payable over five years), a $50,000 grant was received for spaying and neutering programs.

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