The Columbia County Humane Society is hoping for a happy new year.
They have the land, they have the plans, and they hope to start a campaign soon to raise at least $1 million for a new shelter on Columbia Road.
"If you see us sitting out there on our land in lounge chairs, don't worry, we're just taking in the view," said Donna Evans, president of the society. "We're so excited."
The group's plans for a shelter on 13.7 acres across from Grimaud Place subdivision don't mean it plans to sever ties with Columbia County Animal Control.
"We just work so well together here," she said. "It's not like that in other communities."
The humane society plans to start with a temporary building, then hopes to move into a permanent structure within five years. Currently, the humane society uses some members' homes as foster shelters.
Eventually, the humane society plans to have a spay and neuter clinic at its shelter.
"That's the key to controlling overpopulation," Evans said.
The society also plans to continue offering adoptions on Saturdays at PetsMart. Evans said the society has fairly stringent rules for adoptions, including a fenced-in yard at the home of the adopting family.
"Not everyone that walks in gets an animal," she said.
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