Clovis animal shelter a community effort

While its neighbors struggle to solve their animal control problems, Clovis is building a state-of-the-art shelter that will house stray dogs and cats and give new meaning to pet adoption and care.

It helps that a millionaire took an interest in the project. But people pushing for the new shelter say it took a community effort to get it going.

The Miss Winkles Pet Adoption Center got a jump start two years ago when retired Pelco owner David McDonald donated $2 million in honor of his dog who died after being bitten by a snake.

Since then, many others have pitched in to build the $4.5 million shelter at Sierra and Temperance avenues. It will replace an old, cramped one at Letterman Park on Villa Avenue, north of Barstow Avenue.

Among the donors are Friends of the Clovis Adoption Center, which has pledged $1 million toward the 14,000-square-foot shelter, and the family of Michael Lozito, who donated $50,000 so stray cats can have a large room to relax in.

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