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Mar 8, 2016 3:04 PM

Cocheco Humane Society raising funds to replace old facility

DOVER - The Cocheco Valley Humane Society is fundraising in hopes of building a new facility and expanding services to the community.

"Many times we're actually full to the point where somebody is looking to surrender animals during our busy season, and we don't have space for them," said Executive Director Tracy Hayes.

The current facility is situated behind the Strafford County Department of Corrections. The space was formerly used to house pigs, before Cocheco bought it in 1984.

Now the facility is 100 years old, and staff and volunteers say their ambitions exceed what the building allows.

"I mean this was the basement of a piggery, and they converted it into a surgical suite. It wasn't built up to be a surgical suite," said Nate Langlle, a veterinary technician.

The organization is looking to build an 11,000 square foot facility down the road, on property the county agreed to lease to Cocheco for $1 a year.

The larger space will allow for more adoptions, including rescue missions from high kill shelters in southern states. It would also expand existing low-cost surgery and vaccination clinics for the community.

The building will cost $2.5 million, Hayes said. With the hopes of opening in 2017, Hayes said they are still in need of $1.5 million.

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