Humane Society director: Move to new Bellingham location overdue – Bellingham Herald

An anonymous donor has made a contribution large enough for the Whatcom Humane Society to purchase 12 acres in the city and build a new shelter.

Laura Clark, executive director of the Whatcom Humane Society, said she hopes to move into the new building on Division Street, off Hannegan Road, by the end of the year. She called the donation and the opportunity to move into a long-term home “life changing.”

“It’s a dream come true for us,” Clark said. “Generations of animals and people will benefit from the new shelter.”

For the executive director, walking through the existing shelter on Williamson Way is a grim tour. But it’s not the abandoned or stray animals that cause the upset. It’s the condition of a building she says is literally falling apart.

Pausing in a small, dark room full of cages with stray cats, Clark pointed to a crack in the ceiling. Above it, the crumbling roof had to be patched with wood and tarp, held down by old tires from an animal control vehicle.

“I don’t think this roof is going to last another winter. We have to move,” she said.

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