Forsyth Humane Society puts old building up for sale, ready for larger space

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Forsyth Humane Society helps hundreds of dogs and cats find a new home each year.

Now it is a few months away from getting a new home of its own.

Earlier this week, a "for sale" sign went up at the current home for the no-kill shelter on Miller Street. The building is just 1,800 square feet of space that houses about 15 dogs and 35 cats.

There are so many animals that need a home, though, that several have to be put on a waitlist or into foster homes until space opens up at the shelter.

Even with those limitations, the group still finds homes for about 100 animals every month.

“We have people that drop off donations on a regular basis, we have people that want to come in and look at the animals, we have people that want to come in to do birthday parties, we have schools that want to do field trips and right now we just don't have the space to accommodate them,” said Rex Welton, a spokesman for the Forsyth Humane Society.

The group plans to begin renovation of the former Yacht House Seafood Restaurant on Country Club Road this August. The new building will have close to 8,000 square feet of space. It should give the animal welfare group the opportunity to house about 100 animals at the facility.

The Humane Society is still collecting donations for the building, but Welton said the group has about 75 percent of what it needs for the project in anticipation construction plans.

Welton said the new shelter could open in April 2016.

“It's been a long time coming,” said Welton.

Volunteers, staff and animals have shared the Miller Street location for close to 30 years. Welton said the new building could give the group more than double that time to help connect animals with families.

“We've been around for about 75 years and we're hoping this new location will serve us for another 75 years,” said Welton.