Manatee Humane Society buys Salvation Army building

Manatee Humane Society buys neighboring Salvation Army building

cschelle@bradenton.comNovember 28, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The Humane Society of Manatee County will more than double its space without having to move from its longtime headquarters.

The Humane Society closed a deal this month to buy the neighboring former Salvation Army Family Store, 2415 14th St. W., for $400,000, according to property records. The struggling Salvation Army store closed in April after more than 30 years in business.

The nonprofit that rescues, spays, neuters and helps adopt pets is excited to grow into the 10,000-square-foot building that offers more parking on roughly an acre of land.

"It is very exciting that we were able to purchase this property adjoining our existing operation," said Rebecca Neal, board president for the Humane Society. "We believe that this location is where we need to be to serve the community."

The Humane Society of Manatee County started in 1970 and has operated at 2515 14th St. W. since 1978. The no-kill facility was able to find homes for 738 cats and dogs in the last fiscal year ending Sept. 30. Veterinarians there performed about 5,000 surgeries and the agency brought in 130 dogs from Manatee County Animal Services, Executive Director Amy Van Dell said.

"We're happy to have a little bit more elbow room," Van Dell said.

Renovations will begin soon on the space as the Humane Society is finalizing plans.

"It's mostly a big, empty square, so we are looking at the possibility of moving the spay and neuter clinic over there and also having space for some training and community rooms," Van Dell said.

The 501(c)3 could use some financial support to help with

the new space. The Humane Society does not receive taxpayer money and does not receive funds from the Humane Society of America, Van Dell said.

"We are certainly looking for additional community support to help us embark on this great new horizon," she said.

The Humane Society is also offering adoption specials for the holidays, Van Dell said, including 50 percent off adoption fees for black cats and dogs through the end of November.

For more information, contact the Humane Society at 941-747-8808.

Charles Schelle, business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow him on Twitter @ImYourChuck.

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