Officials envision a community center as attractive to pet lovers as it is accessible. Their capital campaign will determine when they break ground, but staff and board members hope it happens within the next few years.
The Humane Society is purchasing the 9.7-acre parcel at 8506 W. Overland Road, about a quarter mile west of Walmart.
The existing 27,000-square-foot shelter, built in 1997, is on the south side of the Boise Airport. Almost 100 people work there, and staff offices and programs have spilled into nearby trailers.
The Humane Society opened an adoption center at PetSmart near Boise Towne Square in fall 2011. Now, about a third of all adoptions occur at the PetSmart center.
“It's right in the retail heart of the Valley,” Dr. Jeff Rosenthal, executive director of the Idaho Humane Society, said.
Animal shelters in general face a public perception that they are sad places.