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June 21, 2013

Tilton considers proposed animal rescue center

TILTON — Tilton trustees heard a presentation from Darrel Jacobs about a proposed animal rescue and adoption center on Thursday night.

Jacobs, one of the co-founders of the Fetch Dog Park in Danville, hopes to build on a vacant lot on Hodge Street in Tilton.

The building would be located north of the current Paw-A-Day Inn and K-9 Suites.

The center will be called The Dorothy Duensing Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, Jacobs said, adding, “It will be named after one of Danville’s most noted animal lovers, Dorothy Duensing.”

The center will be a T-shaped building with a front porch running the width of it.

“The front will resemble a Cracker Barrel restaurant with its porch across the front,” Jacobs said.

The building will have four dog runs in the rear, with space for cats in the front as well as offices and utilities. The facility also will have an area for a veterinary technician to care for the animals, as well as a grooming area.

Plans call for the center to be managed by a full-time manager with previous shelter experience and will have anywhere from five to 12 paid employees. The facility will rely heavily on volunteers to help with the operation.

Jacobs told board members he hopes to build the facility through donations from the community.

Jacobs also hopes to enter into agreements with the city of Danville and Vermilion County to house animals that are collected through animal control operations.

“Each year the county and Danville euthanize approximately 2,000 animals each,” Jacobs said. “We hope to cut that number down by 95 percent.”

Jacobs said the facility would work to adopt out or send through pet rescue services any animals it receives. He anticipates that only 5 percent of the animals would need to be euthanized due to illness or injury.

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