The Humane Society for Hamilton County has begun plans to move its operation from 1721 Pleasant St., Noblesville, to land donation adjacent to Ind. 37.
HSHC Executive Director Rebecca Stevens said Brad and Carey Riley donated 3 acres on Herriman Boulevard in Noblesville between its properties of Recreation Unlimited and Indiana Elite Cheer & Tumbling. Stevens said plans are to build a new, 20,000-square-feet shelter on 1.5 aces and use the other half to create a public dog park.
“It’s a great property for exposure and visibility,” she said. “We’ll design (the dog park) with membership fees as a revenue generator for the shelter. It’ll be a place our shelter dogs can exercise and get outside, which we don’t have the space to do today.”
Stevens said the plans for the move are still in the early stages.
“We’re working on research, best practices in terms of design,” she said. “We haven’t launched a capital campaign yet.”
In February, Stevens visited a shelter in Greenville, S.C.
“We really liked the visual exterior of Greenville,” she said. “It’s a steel structure and there are all steel buildings on Herriman Boulevard, which is much less expensive to build. We want a place that is very family-friendly, that people are excited to visit.”
HSHC moved into its current location of less than 10,000 square feet in October 2006.
“We were out of space with the animals we had the day we moved in. The county did a good job designing an animal control facility,” she said, adding that the facility wasn’t built for long-term inhabitants but HSHC is a no-kill shelter. “We did the best we could all these years … We want to ensure all animals are getting the best chance for a second chance.”
Stevens said the new space will allow for other services and programs they currently can’t offer at the shelter. The new facility will be funded 100 percent by the HSHC.
“We’re not looking to the county or any municipalities to help us fund it,” she said. “We’re not looking for taxpayer dollars.
Future plans for the current site are unknown at this time. Stevens said county officials are aware of the shelter’s plan to move and the low cost spay and neuter clinic, which shares space with HSHC, has a desire to expand. She added that the shelter has no interest in keeping the space open once it moves.
“We’re not looking to operate two facilities. It’s not going to work for our business plan,” Stevens said.
Stevens said HSHC is hoping to get the rezoning approved by the City of Noblesville this summer.
“We have always been proud to have the humane society in the City of Noblesville,” Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear said. “I am really excited to see them expand and continue their great service to the county.”