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Non-profit prepares to move dogs to new facility worth $700k

Paws Place Inc., is preparing to move to a new location and facility in Boiling Spring Lakes. (Source: WECT) Paws Place Inc., is preparing to move to a new location and facility in Boiling Spring Lakes. (Source: WECT)
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

A non-profit animal rescue group in Brunswick County is getting ready to start a new chapter.

Paws Place Inc., was created in 1999 with a vision and mission to rescue and rehabilitate dogs in the area so they can be adopted into forever homes.

Nearly 20 years later, the no-kill shelter is moving from its outdoor facility in Boiling Spring Lakes to a larger property, just a couple of miles down the road.

"After 16 years, the kennel is really showing signs of aging,” said board member and director of operations Peggy Durso.

Staff broke ground in late June for the construction of a brand new 6,000 square foot service facility. The new building will feature both indoor and outdoor kennels, an exercise yard, grooming rooms, a laundry room and a vet exam room.

"It's like a dream come true for Paws Place," said board member and project manager George Zimmerman.

The current facility is tucked away along East Boiling Spring Road and is not easy to find. The new facility will sit just feet away from a major highway on a much bigger piece of property. Staff members hope the new building and location will increase the adoption rate at Paws Place.

Durso said Brunswick County is full of animals looking for homes. She said people are not spaying or neutering their dogs and that is contributed to the large number of homeless dogs.

Paws Place operations manager Shelby Bovenizer said she is excited for this next chapter for not only the dogs but the staff and volunteers as well. A lot of hard work, in extreme temperatures, takes place day in and day out at Paws Place.

“We don’t always plaster it all over the place,” said Bovenizer. “That’s not what we are about. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes. The work, the emotions, the conditions these dogs are coming from that we haven’t shared with everybody.”

Bovenizer said she feels lucky to be able to work with such kind-hearted and compassionate people, who all care about the well-being of animals.

"My parents taught me at a very young age that I needed to find a position that I was going to go to go every day and I was going to love and be excited and you almost don't need to refer to it as work,” she said.

The new facility has a price tag of about $700,000. Zimmerman said the community has played a huge role in making their dream facility a reality. A number of residents and local businesses have donated their products, services and time to Paws Place, either free of charge or at a discounted rate.

A fundraising event is set for September 30 at the Coastline Conference Center in downtown Wilmington. “Raise the Ruff and Beyond 2016” will feature dinner, dancing, cash bar, raffles as well as silent and live auctions.

Tickets are $50 each and will go toward helping to put the finishing touches on the building and taking care of the animals.

Paws Place is currently waiting on permit approval from the county before construction can begin.

The goal is to have the new facility up and running by January 2017.

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