Minden Animal Shelter will stay in current location

The current animal shelter is on Dianne Street behind a padlocked fence. The new shelter will be built in the same location.

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Minden Animal Shelter will stay in its present location but is looking at an entire makeover, thanks to a $75,000 grant.

“At this point, we are planning to push over (the old building) and build a completely new facility,” Minden Mayor Terry Gardner said. “Our present location is beyond repair and is not customer friendly or handicap accessible, just to name a few of the problems.”

The shelter is currently on Dianne Street, near Ewell Park.

“I will be moving forward with the application and will be using this address as the location,” Gardner said.  

Gardner said the city will need more than $75,000 to complete the project correctly.

“We will need fundraisers, as well,” he said. “Together we can make this happen and improve our animal shelter in Minden.”

Gardner says his thoughts are to move the temporary building from the current site to the city’s auto mechanic shop behind Ewell Park.

“There is a fenced area there,” he said. “We will rent a tent to cover the slab with individual cages to house the animals.”

His hope is to have the new shelter finished in around six months from the start.

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