The Souris Valley Animal Shelter will begin transitioning into a new $3.5 million facility this month after spending 10 months in a temporary shelter. The animal shelter has undergone an extensive remodel, doubling in size and adding state-of-the-art features such as an entire veterinary surgical suite, indoor dog park, indoor/outdoor dog kennels, cat enrichment rooms, and office suites. The animal shelter will not hold or intake animals in the new facility or the temporary shelter beginning August 15, 2021 until October 16, 2021, with the exception of animals in the Emergency Housing program. “There are a lot of complexities to opening a new facility, and we cannot move into a new building or become acquainted with our new systems if we do not give ourselves sufficient time to build a foundation for success,” said Shelbi Waters, Executive Director. However, the organization will continue the foster program to house community surrenders. Individuals interested in fostering can apply at www.svaspets.com or call 701-852-6133. To date, the Souris Valley Animal Shelter saves an average of 55 cats and dogs per month through the foster program. The organization will continue the foster program after moving into the new facility, and plans for it to remain one of the leading programs to prevent animals from living in the physical shelter. While construction is in the final weeks, the shelter will continue to have weekly announcements leading up to the Grand Opening. With extensive funding for feline programs through Best Friends, the organization will begin launching large-scale cat initiatives as early as October 1, 2021. Programs for dogs are set to begin November 1, 2021 in conjunction with the spay and neuter clinic. “Our focus is to spay and neuter our pets in a timely manner, and by 2022 we will begin to offer low-cost spay and neuter services to our partnering shelters. It is dependent on staff availability and our ability to execute the clinic model at a high-level,” stated Waters. The organization is hiring 17 positions in the shelter to include: kennel attendants, veterinary technicians, foster coordinators, adoption coordinators, and administrative positions. Those who are interested in applying can send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact the shelter directly for more information.