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Overcrowding and cramped spaces are a common sight at the Humane Society in Sioux Falls. And those who work at the shelter say more space is a must as they come close to taking in their 10,000th animal.

Julia Hoefert, the business and customer service manager for the Sioux Falls Humane Society said, " We are adding about 7,000 square feet so about 200 more kennels.”

The Humane Society in Sioux Falls is getting ready to expand to accommodate a growing city. The renovation will not only add to a rapidly growing shelter, but will remodel around 5,000 square feet of the existing building.

The renovation will cost over $1 million and rooms that hold animals now will double in size.

The extra space will let them stay the only open admission shelter in the area. That allows the humane society to take in any animal that comes to them, whether they're sick, healthy, old, or young.

Hoefert said, “The extra space is going to allow us to continue to do that as opposed to becoming a restrictive facility where we have to turn people away, and that’s the last thing we want to do to this community."

With the planning in the works for close to two years, those at the shelter are ready for all the changes.

Hoefert said, “It's just exciting to be able to move to that next step.”

The $1.2 million price tag will be completely funded by donations. And the shelter is hoping the generosity shown by the community in the past continues into the future.

But at the end of the day doing what's best for the animals is what it's all about.

Hoefert said," It’s just going to allow us to overall treat the animals better and that’s really what we're here for.”

Officials are expecting to break ground on August 1. The renovation is expected to take 10 months to a year.
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