Plans for Ouachita Parish’s new animal shelter are in limbo because the parish seems to be for one more place to place it.
SOS (Save Our Shelter) Pets of Ouachita Parish opened work on a brand new shelter on privately donated land on Frost Business Drive in West Monroe in 2021, however nothing has been performed on the website for the reason that ceremony.
Ouachita parish police jury chairman Shane Smiley stated the placement was unsuitable and a seek for a brand new one was underway.
“I am not talking for them, however I believe they noticed the accessibility on the location, particularly the doorway,” Smiley stated. “It may be a bit extra problematic. I believe it has to undergo somebody’s proper of approach. I simply do not know if that is what they wish to do.”
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Smiley stated the jury is presently in search of a brand new location. Smiley stated that if the parish finds a spot, it would work with SOS to construct the shelter in a spot that’s pleasing to each entities.
The brand new shelter is meant to interchange the present Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter, which advanced from an animal management facility constructed within the Nineteen Fifties. The present shelter is situated behind the Ouachita Parish Public Works Workplace on Nicely Street in West Monroe.
SOS oversaw the fundraising actions for the brand new animal shelter. The group was launched in 2017 with an preliminary aim of elevating $ 800,000 over two years.
Repeated makes an attempt to contact SOS director Joan Hampton for remark have been unsuccessful.
In 2017, the OPPJ pledged $ 70,000 from funds left to the parish for a brand new shelter, and the town of West Monroe pledged $ 30,000 over a two-year interval.
By June 2021, the nonprofit has raised $ 1.2 million from non-public donations.
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Smiley stated the parish checked out a number of areas within the Ouachita parish.
“One on all sides of the river,” Smiley stated. “I believe everybody desires a brand new shelter, however nobody desires it subsequent to them. In the end, within the curiosity of what the parish pays for, we have to search for a website that has extra visibility, that’s extra simply accessible, that’s on a much bigger piece of land, which has somewhat extra inexperienced house and makes it one thing very simple to make use of. One thing that individuals will likely be happy with too. ”
Wherever the complicated is constructed, the Ouachita Parish Police jury will oversee the operations of the brand new shelter, Smiley stated.
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