Generous donation leads to needed shelter renovations

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- On a busy day, 100 to 200 animals can come into the Arizona Humane Society. That's about 44,000 animals every year that walk through the doors of the non-profit organization.

They stay in the kennels, waiting for a new home. But at the Sunnyslope facility in Phoenix, 56 years of wear and tear definitely show.  That's why a renovation has been on the wish-list.

"It was much needed, it had been long overdue," says Ashliegh Goebel with the Arizona Humane Society.

Several updates were possible thanks to a generous donation made in honor of animal lover Mary J. Leader.

The donation ( which was several hundred-thousand dollars) updated an outdoor play area with shade covers and created new get acquainted rooms.

This past week, the kennels got a makeover. Crews put in new aluminum and glass kennel gates. Fresh, bright paint was also added.

Goebel says it's made a huge difference.

"I think it just provides the animal a little more comfort while they're here at our shelter... until they find their forever family," said Goebel.

The new and improved digs are now ready for the dogs. The animals will move in Monday morning.

Since the Arizona Humane Society works strictly on donations, any amount makes a difference.

The non-profit organization hopes to eventually update the other half of the kennels at the Sunnyslope facility. 

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