Heritage Humane Society unveils expansion and renovation of its facilities

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The Heritage Humane Society unveiled their completed expansion project which includes an additional 2,550 square feet of space in front of the facility. (WYDaily / Molly Feser)

YORK COUNTY – The Heritage Humane Society (HHS) unveiled their expanded and improved shelter which includes 2,550 square feet of space added to the front of the facility.

The shelter held a groundbreaking ceremony at the facility, located at 430 Waller Mill Road, on Tuesday, December 7 to reveal the completed project to stakeholders and other community members.

The expansion will meet the needs of the animal population in the community and provide more space for staff and volunteers to provide proper care and training for animals and their human companions.

The $ 1.8 million project includes adding 2,550 square feet to the front of the adoption center and over 820 square feet for a multi-purpose room.

The expansion includes a lobby renovation, with a gift shop sponsored by the Chesapeake Bank. With 24 staff members and over six hundred volunteers, the expansion also includes an upgrade to the administrative side of the facility with four new offices for staff members, new parking spaces and a break room for staff. employees and volunteers.

A new multipurpose space located in the lobby includes a dog observation and activity room, as well as two pet rooms and a new classroom that will serve as space for educational and behavioral lessons and training. training of volunteers.

The expansion project includes a hall renovation, a new training room and two new outdoor playgrounds. (WYDaily / Molly Feser)

Two new outdoor play areas will also allow the dogs of the refuge to have play time without the leases.

“Our dog training program has helped so many animals stay out of the shelter,” said Kimberly Laska, executive director of HHS. “Now we have two nice play areas and we have a place where the dogs can run and play and be dogs. “

The expansion project, designed by Guernsey Tingle, was first considered in 2014. Henderson Inc., the project contractor, began construction in the spring of 2021.

“The work that people do here is amazing,” said Erich Kadel, director of Henderson Inc .. “I’ve been with Henderson for 21 years, been on a lot of projects, and a lot of them really have a lot. makes sense, and this one is certainly one of them. “

Board chair Heather Harmon said the support from staff, donors and community members helped make the project a reality.

“I think it takes a lot of people who are passionate about something to get us to the point where we can make it happen, and that’s living proof,” she said. “There have always been loving arms inside this building when these little souls come in, but now they have a home they will be really happy in.”

Also in attendance were Scott Stevens, James City County Administrator, and Williamsburg Mayor Doug Pons, who praised HHS for its work in the community and helping find new homes for the animals.

“Having this new environment, I think, makes things a lot easier for everyone,” Pons said.

Laska said that while people often think of HHS as a place animals come to when they are at the end of the road, the facility is really where their lives are just beginning and will help them find “the way. perfect to go home “.

“We are part of a new beginning for the Heritage Humane Society,” said Laska. “We are part of the next chapter. “

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