With finicky but famous Morris the Cat among the dignitaries on hand, the Lawrence Humane Society was scheduled to break ground this morning for a new animal shelter off 19th Street in East Lawrence.
The new Ise Animal Shelter, which will be just southeast of the current shelter at 1805 E. 19th, will cost about $600,000. Construction will begin within two weeks and will be finished by the end of the year, said Bob Schulte, vice president of Gene Fritzel Construction.
Kaylyn Munro, architect for the project, said the current building is 6,000 square feet. The new one, which will be "zoolike," will be 10,000 square feet.
The animal capacity will double in size, with 57 cat cages and 40 dog kennels in the adoption area, as well as separate areas for sick and stray animals. Five separate air-handling systems will help reduce airborne diseases, Munro said.
Renee Harris, shelter manager, said a fund-raising effort is still under way, with pledges being sought for dog kennels and cat cages. Fund-raisers also are selling memorial bricks for the project.