The Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Oahu SPCA) broke ground on its new headquarters and animal shelter Monday morning.
Some furry friends were also there to help mark the special occasion.
The shelter will be built on 2.2 acres of land at 47-630 Kamehameha Highway in Kahaluu, surrounded by 18 acres of preservation land.
The move will allow the society to expand its indoor capacity by 30 percent, as well as house animals in an outdoor setting.
“We are firmly committed to a ‘no-kill’ promise,” said Oahu SPCA president Stephanie Ryan. “The facility will be able to house more than 300 animals per day, and will include a one-acre pond for abandoned fish (e.g. Japanese koi) and a wild bird refuge. A state-of-the-art veterinary facility and an area for horses are also being planned.”
The shelter is scheduled to open to the public in October 2015.
Ryan says it cost $1.16 million to acquire the property and $550,000 to construct the facility, which will utilize prefabricated structures.
The shelter was made possible by state grants totaling $535,000 initiated by State Rep. Scott Saiki (D) with assistance from Reps. Ty Cullen (D) and Sylvia Luke (D) at the behest of noted Island musician and composer Audy Kimura.
To learn more about the new shelter or to make a donation, click here or call (808) 754-1519.