Cloquet's Friends of Animals Officially Opens to Public

Taylor Holt
September 13, 2017 10:17 PM

A change in scenery is paying off for the Friends of Animals shelter in Cloquet.

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"It took a lot, as I think a lot of people know. There's been a whole moving process to get from the old building to here," said the shelter's Executive Director, Tammy Goodale.

That was cause for celebration Wednesday. 

"Today is a celebration for as far as we have come," said Goodale. "We've got lots of people coming. We've been preparing for this and we're just thrilled to have everyone turnout." 

Tours, activities, and of course animals were all a part the grand opening for the new building.

"It's much bigger. The medical space is bigger, the kennel areas are bigger," Goodale added.

The 12,000 square foot space is a big improvement from their old 5,000 square foot home, mostly benefiting the health of both employees and animals.

"When you take people and put them in crowded situations, it affects their mental health, it affects them behaviorally, and it's not a good situation. Animals really are no different," Goodale said. "We're looking for ways to increase their health both mentally and physically, and also increase their adoptability."

The shelter just took in more than a dozen dogs from Texas so workers say the new space could not have come at a better time.

"We've brought animals up and tried to get them adopted out. We also have a foster program for cats and dogs," said Goodale. 

Work on the space is not completely finished, however. There are still a few needed renovations. 

"In the process of the move, the move was more expensive than initially planned for," Goodale added.

That's why they are asking for the communities help in making their building a comfy home for their new residents.

"We are a work in progress," said Goodale.

If people want to help with renovations, they can go to the Friends of Animals website to find out how to donate.


Taylor Holt

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