For Marshfield (OnFocus) – After months of preparation, Marshfield Area Pet Shelter (MAPS) is officially moving into its new facility at 3500 Downwind Drive. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a small group of staff and volunteers will transport remaining supplies and shelter cats and dogs to the new building this week.
“We are really excited to move into our new space,” said Karen Rau, Managing Director of MAPS. “This is a historic moment for our community, and we are very grateful to everyone who made this possible.”
MAPS was founded by a small group of volunteers in September 2011 to provide humane results to animals in the Marshfield area. The organization started out as a network of foster families, with volunteers looking after the animals in their homes. In 2013, the shelter remodeled a space in the Marshfield Mall to serve as an adoption center. In 2015, volunteers renovated the old terminal at Marshfield Municipal Airport into a temporary shelter.
Thanks to significant contributions from the JP Adler family, the Town of Marshfield, Paul and Joann Schreiner and many more, enough funds were raised for the new facility and the organization opened its new shelter at the summer 2019.
“It’s been a long journey, but the future is bright for the local animals and the humans who care for them,” Rau said. “We look forward to using this facility not only to take care of the animals, but also to have a space that we can serve the community through educational workshops and other opportunities.”
The new shelter measures approximately 9,000 square feet and includes admission and medical rooms, accessible indoor and outdoor kennels, quarantine rooms, “catios” and a free-range area. named in honor of Brittany Zimmermann.
Due to the current pandemic, there are currently no opening hours available in the new building. Visits and adoptions are open by appointment only. A ribbon cutting and open house will take place at a later date.
Anyone wishing to support the shelter is encouraged to take a special opportunity to help “finish the floors” for MAPS. Take part in this unique opportunity to leave a pawprint in the new facility. Purchase a 12 “x 12” ceramic tile to complement the floors inside or a 4 “x 8” brick paver placed outside along the walkway in front of the catio. For more information, visit http://www.marshfieldpetshelter.org/our-new-facility.
“Without the community, none of this would be possible,” Rau said. “We thank everyone who has helped us in our nine years of helping animals and humans. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
MAPS is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals and their humans. Learn more at www.MarshfieldPetShelter.Org
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