Humane Society groundbreaking June 25 for building 'expansion and renovation'A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Thursday, June 25 for a two-story, 13,145-square-foot addition to be built on the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) building.
The event will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the facility, 610 Abbot Lane, off South Eighth Street. The public is welcome.
Described as an "expansion and renovation project," the work will be on the north side of the current building, with completion expected in about a year. Construction features will include “additional kennels for sick and injured dogs, a special cat adoption area and increased admissions space to reduce the stress on the animals coming into the shelter,” a press release states.
Funding is coming from an $8.1 million capital campaign, which, “thanks to generous donations, “ has reached 80 percent completion, the release adds.
The expansion was deemed necessary because of increased service demands. “Since construction on the current building began in 1999, HSPPR has helped more than a quarter million animals,” the release elaborates. “We have experienced a nearly 30 percent increase in the number of days we care for animals. And animal surgeries, the majority of which are preventative spays and neuters, have increased from none in 2008 to over 7,000 in 2014.”
In summary, the release states, “We have reached the limits of the care and services we are able to provide to the animals in our community.”
As part of a development plan submittal to City Land Use Review this spring, HSPPR included a Project Statement that identifies the upcoming work as the "initial phase" of a four-phase development. The other three phases, for which funding is not yet available, are foreseen farther north on the property. As the Project Statement describes, the plan resulted in part from recent land transactions in which the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) bought an eastern strip of HSPPR property (for an I-25 realignment related to the Cimarron/I-25 interchange replacement) and the nonprofit bought land north of its current site.
The HSPPR building operations were previously expanded in 2009, when a 3,000-square-foot surgery center opened.
The press release describes HSPRR as the “largest nonprofit animal shelter in southern Colorado,” serving 24,000 animals a year with such services as adoption, animal cruelty investigations, subsidized spays/neuters and a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats.
The entity started in Colorado Springs more than 65 years ago.
Westside Pioneer/press release