DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Dirt was flying into the air as the ground been broken on the Wiregrass Pets Rescue and Adoption Center which is a project that has been 15 years in the making.

“I can’t even put into words how awesome this day has been and the turnout from the community how awesome is that,” Executive Director of the Wiregrass Pets Rescue and Adoption Center, Rachel Smith said.

The design concept of the Wiregrass Pets Rescue and Adoption Center.

The center will be a no-kill shelter, which will stick to the standards of the current Dothan Animal Shelter, which states that 90% of the animals must leave the shelter through adoption, be fostered into a home, or be transported to another facility and will provide places for animals without homes in Dothan, Houston County, and surrounding areas.

“Community members that can’t keep their pets for whatever reason, community members that need pet food, or medical resources,” Smith said. “We are not only as a support for the community people that live here, however, we are also going to have that humane education piece.”

This new center is an $8.5 million project and they are still looking for donors for the center. The sooner they get the money raised. The sooner construction can begin

The floor plan for the Wiregrass Pets Rescue and Adoption Center

“As soon as we can get construction going,” Smith said. “So we are hoping for the beginning of 2024, to open the doors.”

The information on how to donate to the Wiregrass Pets Rescue and Adoption Center can be found here.