With peeling paint, stains on the floor, and poorly working kennel enclosures, it’s no wonder the Naperville Area Humane Society is getting major renovations. The 26-year-old facility is undergoing $125,000 worth of work, including upgraded kennels.
“It’s going to be very different visually and safer for all of our dogs,” said Executive Director Angie Wood. “Then as long as we were doing this, we decided we needed to do some other shelter renovation, maintenance [and] upkeep type projects. So we’ve got some windows that will be replaced and then a new front look to the north side of the building as well.”
The cost will be covered through the shelter’s endowment fund, plus private donations, including help from local fifth graders.
Fifth grade students at Brookdale Elementary School raised $350 selling 120 t-shirts they designed themselves and were invited to tour the facility.
“It was one of the main not-for-profits I could think of,” said Harry Surma, one of the students leading the fundraiser. “We used to have a whole bunch of fish at our house so when it comes to pets, I always like to try and help.”
Besides a makeover, the humane society’s is also getting a new executive director. Current leader Angie Wood is parting ways after more than 16 years. Filling her shoes is Anna Payton, formerly the director of the Kendall County Animal Control.
“It’s rather bitter sweet for me. I’ve been with the shelter a really long time,” said Wood. “But I’m really excited to see Anna take this role. I know she’s going to do a great job & take this organization to the next level.”
Wood hopes that between a new director and new look, more folks will take notice of the Humane Society, ultimately for the greater good of the 800 homeless animals it cares for every year.
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