It’s a major story when a new building starts up in the county, and the Humane Society of McCormick County (HSMC) did just that this past Monday when it broke ground for a brand new animal shelter on Hammond Road.
The $90,000, all-brick structure will encompass more than 1,300 square feet of space. It will include 12 inside-outside kennels, areas for food, preparation, a laundry, bathroom and storage room.
Rollison Enterprises designed the building, and Dave Rollison is president of the HSMC. Town & Country General Contractors in Greenwood is doing the construction.
“The contractors are animal lovers,” said Rosemarie Nalevaiko of HSMC. “They are doing things over and above what we’ve specified. We have not included extras like an office to save money. Our members work out of their homes.”
The site already includes a cat barn with two inside and outside cat rooms, ceiling fans, ladders, shelves, boxes, scratching posts, toys, blankets, cat condominiums and litter boxes. The pre-fabricated building was purchased for $5,700 and built by Rollison.
On Monday, the Cat Barn housed 13 cats, but another seven were in HSMC foster homes. “We’re always looking for more foster homes and more volunteers,” Nalevaiko said.
“We have well over 100 members,” said Rollison. “This land was donated to us by Jan Snyder, who purchased it in 2008 and died a year later. It includes about 50 acres.
“We spent more than $30,000 to prepare the lot ... clear it, install utilities and build the Cat Barn. We’ve been negotiating with Town & Country for two years to make this happen,” Rollison said.
Needless to say, fund raising is a major activity of the HSMC. It just raised $2,300 during last Saturday’s Bark in the Park event. “Everyone had a ball,” said Rollison.
The group has scheduled its Gin Jamboree at the McCormick Cotton Gin for the evening of Saturday, Nov. 2, and a patron party, Friday, Nov. 1. The theme this year is “country,” and the HSMC will be offering a western-based menu and line dancing music. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available.
For the past 13 years, HSMC has been rescuing, housing, spaying and neutering, fostering and adopting out abandoned animals. The animals were being kept in temporary, outside shelters while the fund raising went on.
All this has taken place without any support from McCormick County government. The neighboring Humane Society of Greenwood operates a shelter owned by that county, and the two parties have agreed that a new shelter is needed. Greenwood County has $500,000 in bond funds set aside for the project.
The Humane Society of McCormick County has raised $118,000 toward a goal of $134,500. For further information about supporting the Gin Jamboree fund raiser, please contact Sydnee Voight, firstname.lastname@example.org or the Humane Society, 864-391-2FIX