The project is a bit daunting at this early stage, but OMHS is equal to the task.
The shelter will continue the all-volunteer philosophy of the organization and would have no paid employees. Adoption Coordinators know that this freedom of movement for cats enables them to adapt readily into their new homes.
The OMHS vision for the future has been to build an animal shelter of adequate size to accommodate the needs of pets in Richland County who are awaiting permanent loving homes.
OMHS is now much closer to having that vision become a reality.
Like the previous buildings used by OMHS, the new building will not accommodate dogs awaiting adoption at this time.
We are also grateful to Lee and Judy Clarson for renting a second space to OMHS for use as an additional adoption location for the past 2+ years. OMHS aniticpates the new shelter to be a focal point of pride in a wonderful community that cares about quality of life of both people and pets.
This will be a much more convenient arrangement for the volunteers and the Adoption Coordinators who have traveled and worked to maintain two, small shelter faciltiies for several years.
It will also help potential adopters who will be able to interview the cats and kittens in one central location.
With the guidance and professional work of Woodland Consultants and Apogee Engineering, the building plans and the HVAC plans have been approved by the State Department of Safety and Professional Service.
OMHS is grateful to Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community for its generous help and encouragement for allowing OHS to retrofit and rent their former workshop/garage for use as a feline adoption location over 8+ years!
The newly-purchasesd building is in the process of being retrofitted to meet the needs of housing cats and kittens in a safe, clean, well-managed cage-free facility, where the felines can be socialized by volunteers.The new building is over 3,000 square feet and will house all of the cats and kittens in one location.