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Animal shelter looks to renovate

Published On: Sep 08 2013 04:16:51 PM MDT   Updated On: Sep 10 2013 11:08:59 AM MDT

The Flathead County Animal Shelter takes in all the stray or lost animals and hold on to them for three days.

But if they aren't claimed, they become property of the county.

Cliff Bennett is the shelter’s director.  He says things have been going smoothly, but there are some upgrades they're looking to make to the facility.

Space has become an issue, and so has the air the dogs are breathing in that space.

"We had a variant of kennel cough that was more like pneumonia, and it wasn't responding to our standard battery of anti-biotics," Bennett explained.

Bennett says they lost a few dogs to the sickness, and that’s something he doesn't want to see again.

Overall, the shelter’s statistics show they've done a very good job keeping animals healthy and alive.

We had him break down some numbers for us about how successful the shelter is at not having to euthanize many of their animals.  The shelter only euthanizes 2% of their animals a year, while the national average is over 30% for animals in shelters.

Bennett says their website has played a big role in keeping that number so low.

"When people call in, we encourage them to come in and take a look, but we also encourage them to go look on our website, and that's how a lot of animals find their way back home," Bennett says.

The shelter has already received about 80% of their funding, thanks to a $10,000 donation given to them by Whitefish Philanthropist Jon Kramer.

While there isn't a set date yet for the projects, Bennett is just thankful that the project is even happening, which is something he wasn't sure would so soon.