Humane Society plans new $15.5M Detroit center

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Detroit — The Michigan Humane Society plans Thursday to launch its effort to raise money for a new $15.5 million animal shelter in the city.

The 34,000-square-foot Detroit Animal Care Campus will offer improved, “highly progressive” animal housing, an expanded veterinary center, a new home for the MHS Cruelty Investigation and Rescue Department, dedicated canine and feline rehabilitation areas, secure dog play yards, and a community dog park, the group said in a news release.

The Humane Society plans to finish construction at the site on the Chrysler Service Drive near Clay by early 2016.

The Humane Society’s current facility is on the corner of the Chrysler Service Drive and Custer. The agency moved into the facility, a former piston ring factory, in the late 1920s.

Officials say the Humane Society cares for about 15,000 animals a year at the site.

Officials with the nonprofit said the new shelter will mean a brighter future for animals and people in the city.

Representatives of the city of Detroit and Gov. Rick Snyder’s office are expected to join Humane Society officials at the groundbreaking event, scheduled for 11 a.m.

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