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Humane Society receives $5,000 donation for new shelter from local business

November 15, 2018

The Western Arizona Humane Society this Wednesday received a $5,000 check from Lake Havasu Family Eyecare, to be used for the organization’s new animal shelter campaign.

The donation was given during the Humane Society’s first collaborative “Happy Eyes, Happy Lives” adoption event, hosted by the business at 2277 Swanson Ave., where puppies and adult dogs were offered for adoption at discounted prices.

“I’ve always been a supporter of the Humane Society,” said Lake Havasu Family Eyecare owner Tania Sobchuk. “I’m a dog lover, and it’s an amazing thing they’re doing. I wanted to support that part of the community … it’s all about the animals, and making sure they’re comfortable.”

Sobchuk’s business is approaching its 14th anniversary in Havasu, and she tries to hold a different event each year. “This was an awesome reason to have an event,” Sobchuk said.

The Western Arizona Humane Society’s new facility, near the intersection of Acoma Boulevard and Sweetwater Avenue, is a project more than two years in the making. The Humane Society has raised more than $1 million in donations toward the building’s renovation since fundraising began in 2015, but more will be needed to purchase the $2.5 million facility after its completion.

“It’s fabulous that businesses in Havasu are willing to help, and I love them so much,” said Humane Society Executive Director Patty Gillmore. “We have a long way to go to improve the lives of animals in this community, but we’re planning to move to the new facility March 1. We raised a big part of the money for construction, but we don’t want a mortgage. We want to pay it off.”

The Western Arizona Humane Society’s current facility on Empire Drive has outlived its usefulness, according to Humane Society officials; offering a rusting infrastructure and limited space for Havasu’s sheltered animals.

“The new shelter will be a state-of-the-art facility,” Gillmore said. “And all of our animals are going to have central air conditioning and heat … something they haven’t had at the shelter in 40 years.”

Havasu residents who are interested in donating to the Western Arizona Humane Society’s building program, or to the organization’s operations in Havasu, can learn more at www.westernarizonahumane.com, or by visiting the organization’s Facebook page.

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