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Animal shelter relocation moves forward

April 25, 2013

ESCANABA — The relocation of the Delta Animal Shelter has moved one step closer to reality....

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Apr-25-13 2:45 PM

12 acres for a animal shelter? What is wrong with this? Meanwhile, many elderly can't afford heat or food and homeless live in cars. Unreal.

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Apr-25-13 6:36 PM

Tailgater Really? I did rad. My point is, 12 acres for an animal shelter? That is ludicrous.

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Apr-26-13 6:48 AM

Awhile back the Salvation Army and City were trying to find a location for a Homeless shelter.. 12 Acres would suit wonderfully for that! - As would donations, Radio Spots and All the 'Contest' like gathering of coinage to build that the new, (and they don't let you forget) Privately funded Animal Shelter has been putting out.. Nobody donated land then, nor did they blast the air waves with Radio Spots about "Homeless Walks" and "Barks in Parks".. Seems we've forgotten our homeless in Delta County in leau of this Puppy Palace in Planning.. 12 Acres!.. my Gawd!.. You know of course, if you put up 12 pens you'll need 12 more, then 12 more, then 12 more after that.. Until, you're housing every stray animal in the State... the homeless?! They can sleep under bushes and get pee on them..

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Apr-26-13 7:57 AM

Do we need a new animal shelter? Absolutely. I do believe that someone needs to sit down and distinguish between the list of wants and needs, though. For instance, if you look at the plans located on the Facebook page, the plans show there are three bathroom facilities. I believe one unisex facility would be sufficient, especially when you are asking for public money to build them. Then after that for the public to supply those facilities with tolet paper, paper towels, etc. and then supplies to clean them.

Then the surgical suite. Great in theory. I would encourage donors to speak to shelters in the UP themselves, too. Most other shelters who have build sugrical rooms have found they don't use them.

Best of luck. Hope the animals have a great facility soon.

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Apr-26-13 9:11 AM

The shelter didn't buy this land, no matter what the article says. It was bought by a private party and will be leased to the shelter. Once the building is built with donations, the building will technically belong to the person who owns the land, just like it was with the county buildings. Remember the big fundraising done a few years ago? One of the buildings was leased to a private club even though it was built with our money. Now the shelter wants another new building and wants to build it on leased land again.

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Apr-26-13 2:20 PM

There are more than a couple things that have been stated on this comment section that are entirely false.

@eartto Mars- First and foremost the Delta Animal Shelter IS purchasing this property. There is no third party involved, and also there will be no leasing of the property. Not sure where you are getting this false information.

As far as the bathroom facilities go there are 3, by construction code you need to have a male and female separate public bathroom when serving the general public, and based on the square footage of the building. This is by code, not by choice. You must also provide a separate bathroom facility for working staff, hence the reason to have three bathrooms.

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Apr-26-13 2:33 PM

The land was sold as a 12 acre lot. Because of the generous donation from the land owners, along with the money the group has raised, the 12 acre lot was in budget and affordable. Obviously the shelter doesn't need 12 acres but they are open to plans of one day making walking paths for dog owners or anything else that may come up for the excess land. This is all privately funded money, and if you don't approve with how it is being spent then don't donate to the cause. The Shelter has always done its best to spend every donation as wisely as possible because it is from the generosity of the public. I think we all need to have faith they will do everything possible to try and save money and make this building as affordable as possible.

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Apr-27-13 10:22 AM

I don't really care how much money they raise or donations they beg for in getting the thing built. I offer this though, once it's there.. and a realization that it can't be sustained on 'donations' or sales.. don't come whining and crying to the Government for funds to keep the lights on and paychecks flowing.. not with all this shouting about being, "PRIVATELY" Funded. Not after the argument that was provided wasn't good enough.. Best of luck to ya!.. I'd like to hear what the plan is when we wake up tomorrow and your efforts at getting 'forever homes' for EVERY animal succeeds... all that space for critters?

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Apr-27-13 10:25 AM

Hundreds of dollars to 'brush a dogs teeth' - if you offer doing that cheaper the customers will line up at your door.. and, they'll need 'public bathrooms' while they wait for service.

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