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Iowa City Breaks Ground on Shelter Site

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--The wait is finally over for some folks and furry creatures in Iowa City.

The Iowa City animal shelter broke ground near the site of their future home six years after flood waters destroyed their first building.

Dogs, they've got them, cats, they've got them and bunnies, yep they've got those too.

The love for these fellows  is what brings volunteers out here to the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center.

"It's just important to me to be as to care for animals in our community that don't have homes." said volunteer, Calista Hospodarsky.

That same love is what brings members of the community to the groundbreaking ceremony of a new refuge for animals in Iowa City.

"It's been a long time coming. We flooded out in 2008 during the Iowa floods and we've been in temporary locations since then," said Misha Goodman, director of animal services.

This is a new beginning. One that's taken lots of collaboration and fundraising.

"When it became clear that the old center was not useable and a new center would be built we wanted to figure out what we could do and we decided we would pledge 1 million to the new building," said Tara Mott, board member of Friends of the Animal Shelter Foundation.

Friends of the Animal Center Foundation FEMA, and the five entities that will share the new shelter are contributing to the 3.2 million dollar project. A project some say is vital to the community.

"There has to be an agency and a place for animals that either get into trouble or who owners can no longer care for them a place for those animals to go," said Goodman, a place where these critters can be cared for until they find a new family.

Work on the new building is expected to be completed in august next year.
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