The building, located on Canton Road, has been under construction since before the 2009 ice storm, and some of the wood used on the inside of the building is from trees that fell near and on the building during the storm, Hamilton said.
What the Humane Society need most are donations, either monetary donations or building supplies and equipment, and food, said Hamilton, who also said that major recent donations include particle plywood board for indoor walls and garage doors and windows for the new building.
“We’ve worked out of our homes for 14 years, but I would like to have it done by the next winter anyway, so that we have a place to put the animals,” Hamilton said. “Everything you see here is already paid for. We’re not borrowing money.”
Hamilton said she plans to finish the office portion of the building first, so that they can house animals in kennels while they finish the rest of the building.
Animals she has taken care of at the Humane Society include cats and dogs, and also pigs, horses, ponies, pigs and cows. Animals that are dumped are placed in homes, she said.
Aside from the new building, they have stalls, the stable and a pasture so they can handle horses and other similar large animals. She said she has been keeping some animals in her home recently because it’s been too cold to keep them in the new building.
Hamilton emphasized that the Humane Society isn’t an animal shelter. “All we’re able to handle, in the short space we’ve got, are the deployments, the people passing away and cruelty cases,” she said.
Hamilton said she feels for people who are moving who can’t take their animals with them, but she can’t take them, and also noted that people who are moving have a choice that those who deploy don’t have.
In other cases, people will have to call Trigg County Animal Control at 522-8888, or will have to take them to the Christian County Animal Shelter.
Many of the funds for the Humane Society come from the 400 Mile Yard Sale and from the Trigg County Ham Festival, and community service workers have, with supervision, helped build the building, Hamilton said, adding that many of the materials for the building have been donated.
Particular examples include a couple who buys food for all of the animals every month, be they dogs, cats or horses, and ceiling fans donated by Oak Grove Baptist Church, Hamilton said.