The Michigan Humane Society has raised $9 million of the $15.5 million it needs to construct a state-of-the-art animal care center in Detroit.
Excavation at the new site 7887 Chrysler at Clay Street is underway, with completion of the new 34,000-square-foot Detroit Animal Care Campus expected by early 2016.
Southfield-based Neumann/Smith Architecture and Blue Sky Architecture, based in West Vancouver, British Columbia, which specializes in animal shelters, are designing the new complex.
Sachse Construction in Detroit is serving as general contractor, and Goyette Mechanical of Flint is tasked with the HVAC design and installation.
Located just blocks from the society’s current site, the new location will provide modern animal housing to allow for more progressive care, an expanded veterinary center, state-of-the-art canine and feline rehabilitation areas, play yards for shelter dogs, a community dog park and space for the MHS Cruelty Investigation and Rescue Department.
The Michigan Humane Society moved into its current Detroit shelter, a former piston ring factory at 7401 Chrysler Drive near East Grand Boulevard, in the late 1920s.
The society said it shelters and cares for about 15,000 animals each year in Detroit. The larger shelter will enable the society to expand its teaching and training opportunities with Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the society said on its website.