Humane Society starts kennel replacement project

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Black Hills Humane Society is in the process of replacing its kennels. As of Saturday, they removed 16 kennels which are expected to be replaced this upcoming Thursday.

The kennel project has been in the works for over a year. The Humane Society started raising money through the “Home for the Holidays” fundraiser and received a donation that matched the funds raised. The project budget was around $100,000.

Half the kennels have already been removed and within the next couple of days, the final 16 kennels will be gone.

The same amount of kennels will come in, but instead of fenced kennels, they’ll look more like cubicles, with windows.

The new kennels will provide a more peaceful environment for the animals.

“People won’t be able to put their hands in their and their fingers so it won’t disrupt the animals like that. Plus it’s better, it’s going to be less noise so it will muffle a lot of that noise because of the construction of the kennel so it’s going to be just a better living environment for the animals,” said executive director Jerry Steinley.

The replacement process can take up to a week but if all goes smoothly, it shouldn’t take more than 2 days.

This is all just part of the bigger picture for the Humane Society. It’s one of the many projects they are working on, as they try to grow and evolve as an organization.

“The whole place is better and it’s really going to be better for the community. The place we got it painted, we’re putting in new kennels, we’re trying to reach out more in the community, we’re doing more projects. We’re just trying to grow in this community and this is just one of the things we’re doing,” said Steinley.


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