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Animal shelter announces land purchase

January 20, 2019

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — It’s quite the hectic scene in the cramped spaces at the Friends of Animal Rescue shelter, where visitors can adopt a new pet but also shop at its consignment store.

After eight years of operating under the same roof, the shelter and resale store have outgrown itself.

And Friends of Animal Rescue’s ongoing effort to build a new animal shelter and recovery facility is continuing to make strides.

On Jan. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m., the shelter will host Leslie’s Critter Shindig fundraiser at 4900 Padre Boulevard to kick off the building phase of its master project.

In addition to music, auctions and door prizes, the pledge party will also include tacos and margaritas.

Friends of Animal Rescue President and Co-Founder Jacky Conrad said purchasing the land next door to the shelter is a “real benefit to the facility.”

Last May, the nonprofit announced the start of its “Unleash the Possibilities” capital campaign to build a new animal care center.

The nonprofit purchased land adjacent to its current facility as part of phase one of its capital campaign.

Phase two is currently underway as Friends of Animal Rescue personnel begin to lay out plans and raise funds to build a new shelter.

“ The fact that the land next door has been open since we’ve been here for the past eight years is pretty amazing,” Conrad said. “We’re very grateful to the owner of the property for working with us and making sure the land was sold to us because he had choices.”

According to Friends of Animal Rescue personnel, the need for a new shelter was apparent after just three years of operation.

The organization cares for a variety of more than 680 lost, homeless and injured animals, such as dogs, cats, rabbits and shore birds each year.

Shelter personnel hope to have specified areas in the new shelter, such as separate dog and cat adoption interview rooms, receiving and exam rooms and observation kennels that will allow visitors to see animals through glass windows.

ahernandez@valleystar.com

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