A week after an animal rescue/adoption organization got final approval from the city to set up shop in Greenfield, another is asking to come into Greenfield, too.
Only last week, the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center in Greendale received a special-use permit from the Greenfield Common Council allowing it to open at 5217 S. 51st St. This week, the Happy Endings No Kill Cat Shelter in Milwaukee started the city approval process.
Veteran city development director Chuck Erickson said that, in his career in Greenfield, he has never come across even one animal adoption organization making such a request, let alone two.
“It’s ironic to have two similar animal uses wanting to come into the city in a relatively short period of time,” he said.
That’s just a coincidence, said Amy Rowell, director of the Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center. When the center that has been at Southridge since 2006 started looking for a new home, it focused on Greenfield, Greendale, Franklin and Hales Corners, she said.
“We really enjoy being in that area,” Rowell said.
Patricia Haberski, president of the Happy Endings board of directors, is also struck by the irony of two similar facilities wanting to locate in Greenfield.
“We knew they were moving, but we didn’t know where and here they are two miles down the road – it’s so weird,” Haberski said.