Written by Anisa Jibrell for Crain’s Detroit Business.
The new shelter will be three times the size of its current 5,000-square-foot facility at 790 Featherstone St., which is scheduled to be demolished starting next week, according to Executive Director Magee Humes. The facility, which calls itself “a different breed of shelter,” is expected to open at the end of 2020, she said.
For the time being, the animal shelter, which accepts cats and dogs, is leasing three spaces in a strip mall at 1624 N. Perry St. in Pontiac, Humes said.
The new shelter is being funded by private donations, but MARL is still in the process of raising an additional $6 million to complete the second phase of its fundraising campaign to make improvements to its medical, behavioral and training services as part of an effort to provide more effective and efficient care. The goal is to add in-house medical care to eliminate stress on the animals spurred by off-site veterinarian visits, and hire a full-time trainer to enhance the shelter’s behavior and training program, according to Humes.
The shelter has 20 employees and more than 100 active volunteers. With the additional space, Humes anticipates hiring an additional three or four employees to start.
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