ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI) - A $12,000 project is underway at Paws 'n' Claws Animal Shelter in Attica. Volunteers are building more kennels, and the money for the project comes from donations and grants.
Paws 'n' Claws Veterinarian Tracy Sudlow said the project is a long time coming.
"The building itself is an older building," Sudlow said. "The cages themselves are literally falling apart. We had just chain-link fencing, and the dogs throughout the years have just worn holes in them."
On Saturday volunteers took down the chain-link cages and built more industrial kennels. Sudlow said by the holidays there will be 12 new kennels.
Then, she hopes to build a new office building.
"Right now our little, tiny office is in our kennels," Sudlow said. "Electronics like computers, fax machines, our camera security system, all those things do not do well with water and dog hair."
News 18 first visited Paws 'n' Claws back in August 2012.
That morning Sudlow discovered someone had broken into the kennel and intentionally made two dogs fight. In the end, the dogs were physically and mentally scarred and two kittens were dead. The person who did it was never caught.
"We had the one set back because of the break-in," Sudlow said. "Other than that everything since then has been extremely positive. We haven't had to put any animals down due to space, and that's where we want to stay."
Space is desperately needed. Paws 'n' Claws Animal Control Manager Teressa Kerr said more animals are coming into the shelter than ever.
"[There are] a lot of strays," Kerr said. "I'm out there so I know personally the amount of calls we get."
"I think it was 632 animals we brought through this facility last year," Sudlow said. "We've already surpassed that and I plan we'll probably double it. We'll see over 1,000 this year."
Sudlow said a timeline is not set to get the last phase of the project, the office building, finished. She said the building will cost about $20,000.
To help with donations, Paws 'n' Claws is hosting an event to promote the Lucky Dog Hoosier Lottery Scratch-Off.
Sudlow said you can purchase the Lucky Dog ticket and donate your winnings to local animal shelters. She said Paws 'n' Claws has received about 200 tickets worth $600.
Paws 'n' Claws will host an adopt-a-thon Friday October 4. It will be an all day event at the Super Test in Attica. Adoptable dogs and cats will be at the event.
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