Homeless dogs and cats in Eastern South Dakota will soon have more space.
A highly-anticipated expansion at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society is underway.
After years in the making, organizers say the construction couldn't come soon enough. The $1.5 million expansion will make room for an additional 100 dogs and 100 cats.
With this scoop of lawn, a new future opens up for the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.
"We need this, we are busting at the seams," Sioux Falls Area Humane Society Board Chairman Ken Giegling said.
This ground breaking is a long time coming for Giedling who says it no longer has space to meet the needs of the community.
"As Sioux Falls grows, the pets grow and the issues involving unwanted pets and abuse pets are on the incline," Giegling said.
This current building on East Benson Road was built in 2001, but in just four years staff realized it was not going to be big enough.
"We've got animals in virtually every office because we don't have enough room for all the animals we have," board member Brian Spader said
The expansion will add on an additional 5,000 square feet nearly doubling the shelter.
"This has been in the process for a while and finally we've got to the point where we can build it and it's a very, very good day for the humane society," Spader said.
In addition to the expansion, the current space will also be remodeled. The new building is set to be finished next summer.
The board of directors is already thinking ahead of how the organization will expand in the next ten years, including a possible new site in the southern part of the city.