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Demolition scheduled for local thrift store

Jacksonville Humane Society to build new facility

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS) is scheduled to begin demolition of an old thrift store building.

The demolition will take place on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 1:00 p.m.at 8328 Beach Blvd. This is the first step in preparing for constructing the new animal shelter, as planned in the JHS Campaign for a Compassionate Community.

The campaign began in 2013, with the purpose of generating funds to construct a new Humane Care & Education Center on the campus on Beach Blvd. In 2007, a fire destroyed the shelter buildings on the JHS property.

“We are so excited to take the first steps towards building our new facility. This has been a long-time coming, both for the community and the animals,” said Denise Deisler, executive director of JHS. “JHS remains committed to saving the lives of homeless pets and will remain open throughout construction.”

The organization is still operating out of the temporary structures erected after the fire – many of which are in disrepair. The new shelter will provide climate-controlled housing for the animals and include a first-rate pet adoption and education center for the community. 

Since its 2013 inception, the Campaign for a Compassionate Community has raised over $8 million towards the goal of $15 million. The floor plans for the 40,000 square foot facility are being finalized. JHS will break ground for the new facility in April of 2016. 

Donations for the campaign can be made online, via jaxhumane.org/donate, or by phone 904. 493.4566, by mail or in person at 8464 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL, 32216.