LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Natalie's Second Chance Dog Shelter is looking for its own second chance in the Greater Lafayette community.
The shelter is needing community assistance in moving from the space it's called home for over a decade because of the upcoming upgrades and renovations to the Five Points area near Downtown Lafayette.
Shelter Director, Saundra Rice, said they are needing to find a space zoned as either business or industrial space. Rice said the zoning limitations have made it difficult to find a new space for the shelter, which is why she hopes to be able to build one from the ground up.
“We’ve been looking hard for about six months,” explained Rice. “It would be great if we could build our own place. That would be awesome. That way it can be built for the dogs instead of us trying to make it into a place for the dogs.”
A GoFundMe campaign has been created for the moving project with a goal of $300,000.
Kate Kelly has been working at the shelter since its opening and she said the community has always played a crucial role in keeping the shelter open. She said the shelter is turning to the community for a second chance.
“We rely heavily on the community, but we also give back as much as we can.” said Kelly. “We have the community food bank, we educate about spay and neutering, vaccinations. We’re here for your dogs if you need us.”
Those who volunteer and work at Natalie's say they come to work every day to give the dogs a better life.
Christy Burton has been working at the shelter for several years and she said the community help and love is not for the people or the shelter, it’s for the dogs. Burton shared how important it is for the dogs to have a bigger space to break out of their shells.
“A lot of the dogs shut down when they’re in a shelter,” said Burton. “It’s really hard on them. Their faces are totally different when they’re off leash and they get to be a free dog. It’s hard for them to be in a kennel. That's just the nature of a shelter, and every shelter is like that that has kennels. It just really shuts them down. So having that area to run and be happy and to see their smiles again would be amazing.”
Natalie's Second Chance Dog Shelter is always accepting donations and volunteers. Visit the shelter website for more information on how to volunteer and donate, as well as a list of adoptable dogs.
To donate to the GoFundMe campaign, click here.
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