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'An important and immediate need' Animal shelter seeks donations for repairs

The Vincennes Animal Shelter is seeking help from the public to help fund repairs to it's facility

Posted: Mar. 15, 2019 6:08 PM

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - Laura Bogard has been a volunteer at the Vincennes animal shelter for six years.

Bogard says, "When I started volunteering, I would come down to the shelter with my daughter and it just seemed like there were a lot of things needed in the shelter."

Those needs have now increased thanks to significant water damage.

Three contractors evaluated what's needed to fix those problems. The first quote came in with a hefty price tag.

Shelter director Leah Vantlin explains, "We're looking probably in the neighborhood of a hundred thousand dollars to repair everything that we need to repair. Which is a huge undertaking for us to come up with."

Water damage has impacted about a third of the facility. This has happened where dog kennels are cleaned daily. Many two by fours were worn almost completely down.

Vantlin says, "This is an important and immediate need that we need to get underway with taking care of."

During Monday night's state of the city, mayor Joe Yochum pledged the city will help.

Yochum says, "That is a big project that we have to get completed this spring."

Vantlin says donations will be vital.

Vantlin says, "The city is going to be doing everything they can do to help us also. But we need to do a lot of fundraising so that we can get this project underway."

A donation page for the shelter was set up in January. At this point, only $200 has been raised.

Bogard says, "Anybody who can donate just helps out the general population of animals and people."

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