Flathead County Animal Shelter eyes expansion project


KALISPELL, Mont. - The folks at the Flathead County Animal Shelter are hoping to make some major renovations, and they're looking into getting money from Flathead County to do that. Director Cliff Bennet says he's hoping to add space to the shelter's cat wing, and turn one of the current cat rooms into a dog take-in room.

Bennet says the shelter is constantly hovering around capacity, and when the cats hit the 70-mark, staff can't take any more in. Bennet says some donors are offering up money for some equipment, but the renovation itself is quoted at around a $100,000, with additional expenses for more equipment.

Bennet says the changes would help the staff care for the animals as best as they can.

"It enriches their lives," said Bennet. "It makes them adoptable. It makes their stay here more pleasant. We're doing a good job on getting dogs and cats out in a timely fashion but we can always do better."

Bennet's not sure how much money the County can provide. He's going to present the plans to County officials on January 17, and he's also hoping individual donors can step up to the plate and match funds.

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