The Englewood Water District, in Englewood, Fla., has agreed to work with the Suncoast Humane society to build a shelter on the land that surrounds a district wastewater treatment plant.
The water district owns 160 acres of land that is intended to shield neighborhoods from the sights, smells and noises of the plant.
Susan Miller, the executive director of the Suncoast Humane Society, told the Herald Tribune that the new facility would more than double the shelter’s size and cost approximately $4 to $5 million.
The shelter is unable to expand at its current location and cannot afford to buy real estate. Once the land is secured, the shelter will create designs and raise funds. The shelter plans to move into the new location by 2012. Without a new shelter, more animals would be euthenized.
Richard Rollo, the administrator of the water district, told the Herald Tribune that the shelter would also be beneficial to the water district. A shelter that is staffed 24 hours a day could deter trespassers and increase the buffer between the plant and nearby houses.