Ground was broken Tuesday, Oct. 27 for a major addition to the Town of Parker/La Paz County Animal Shelter. A new $200,000 structure designed for surgeries is being built on the site.

Construction will start in the first week of November and is expected to be completed in six months. The contractor is Weisner Construction of Lake Havasu City. Animal Relief Fund President Robin Schilling said Weisner will be making no profit from this project.

Schilling said ARF has performed more than 1,000 spay and neuters since the trailer for these procedures was installed in 2015. She said they currently have a three-month waiting list. The new facility will allow them to offer more and better services to pet owners and animals.

The new building will include a surgical room, a clean room for surgical equipment, a cat quarantine area, five dog kennels, an indoor storage room, and a laundry facility.

The cost of $200,000 is being borne by grants and donations.

Major donors included Gregg Electric, Norm Turley and Sundance Saloon, Mark and Joy Cervenka, Jean Adair, The Champion Family Foundation, Spanky’s RV and Marine, Tommy and Laurie Tomlinson, Weisner Construction, Darren and Patty Rude -You Theory, the Industrial Development Authority of La Paz County, Parker Rotary, Sunrise Rotary and Jim and Jerri Williams.

ARF provides volunteers and services for the Animal Shelter. They also sponsor rabies clinics throughout the year around the county. These clinics also offer other vaccinations and dog licenses. They operate a thrift store near the intersection of State Route 95 and Riverside Drive (the Lakeside Traffic Light) upriver.

The shelter has many animals available for adoption. It’s located at 309 7th Street, behind Western Park. The Phone number is 928-669-8774.

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