The Chequamegon Humane Association in Ashland finally has a new building.
After fundraising for more than a year, they were able to move dozens of cats and dogs into their new building on Monday.
The Chequamegon Humane Association has been hard at work to get a new stable location to house cats and dogs without homes.
"We're hoping to make a bigger impact in our area," says Kari Olinger, Executive Director for the Chequamegon Humane Association.
The previous shelter the association worked out of has long passed its lifespan.
President of Chequamegon Humane Association, Ted Kramolis says, "it's way to small, there's no plumbing in there, there's no bathrooms in there for the staff, there's no place to sit down to even have a meal. It was time to move on."
Olinger agrees that a new building was in order saying, "with the cold coming, our old shelter you know, at times we were afraid of the roof caving in, that's how bad it would get."
The association put a call out to the community of Ashland for help raising funds, and the community responded.
Olinger says, "Just a bunch of small things but mainly just the outpouring of support with the community in the area."
One of the biggest fundraisers allowed for families and businesses to leave their mark on the shelter.
"An example of one of the fundraisers we did is we sold floor tiles that could be personalized," says Olinger.
The associations new building that cost close to $600,000, now sits at the end of Rail Drive.
Kramolis says, "ten acres that we bought here from the city of Ashland in the Industrial park. It's probably half field half forested land. Very nice land that we can walk dogs on."
The shelter still needs finishing touches, but the association is pleased with what they are able to provide to the animals and the community.
Olinger says, "here we are sitting a little over a year later and we're in our new building. It's just amazing."
The Chequamegon Humane Association hopes to open to the public on Friday.
The association is still accepting donation.