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Iowa City Animal Shelter To Get New Home

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--The Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center says it needs more room.

The center has been operating in a temporary facility since the 2008 flooding destroyed its previous building.

Folks at the center say they've been looking into details for a new animal shelter for the past two years and now steps are being taken to make it happen.

Before these animals find a permanent home, they make a stop here, at the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption center but right now the facility is just not cutting it.

"This was a temporary solution after the Johnson County Fair Grounds, after we were there, and this was never meant to be a permanent facility. We've done the best we can here, said Misha Goodman, Animal Services Supervisor.

Misha Goodman says the current building is an inconvenient place to house dogs and cats.

"They chew, they scratch, they do all sorts of different things that cause a lot of damage if you're not using the right type of materials to build with, she said.

That's why steps are now being taken to build a new home on south gilbert street.

It's a FEMA project that will cost 3.1 million dollars, but only 1.4 million will actually come from FEMA.

"700,000 roughly will be from the City of Iowa City, Coralville, Johnson County, University Heights and the University of Iowa, said Kim Leyden, FACF Executive Director.

The additional million will come from friends of the animal center foundation, an organization that helps raise money for the adoption center that is not already in the city's budget.

"People have pledged over a three to five year period and so we know where we are going to be in three years, said Leyden.

That place is a new home for these furry creatures.

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