After many years of planning Nanton's homeless cats finally have a new shelter to call home while they are waiting for their forever homes.
Nanton Animal Protection Society (NAPS) Shelter manager Kim Williamson says it is fantastic to be in the brand new building, which actually has running water and proper insulation.
"It was really exciting to get them in and do our first chore shift with running water," said Williamson. "And sinks to easily clean litter pans and things like that it was quite exciting."
She adds the ride over from the old shelter was exciting with cats in eight kennels howling the whole way.
"Once we got them into the building and released into their free-roaming cat room they were actually fine."
Besides running water having a warm building is another bonus for the cats and the humans that look after them.
"One of the things that strikes them the most is you instantly notice the ambient temperature is so much warmer and more comfortable and the cats look much more comfortable as well."
They also get lots of great sunshine with the south facing windows and when it is warm outside they can open the windows for fresh air.
Another improvement for the shelter is it will be able to care for homeless dogs.
NAPS could still use some cash donations to help them finish things off.
"The $216,000 we were fundraising towards building the building it only paid for the building. It didn't pay for anything that goes into the building. That's including the dog runs and the dog unit. The play structures and the climbing structures in the cat rooms."
They also need to build outdoor runs for both the cats and the dogs.
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