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February 24, 2007

Pryor animal shelter breaks ground

It’s taken nearly two years but the Pryor Animal League (PAL) along with the City of Pryor broke ground Tuesday on a new Animal Shelter north of Pryor.

Tom and Barbara Giles donated 173 acres to the city in May of 2005 with the stipulation that a shelter would be built first. In 2005, PAL president Erna Gibbs said the land, which is all ready set up for water and gas and has a driveway, is the perfect spot for a new shelter.

PAL has applied for several grants to get the shelter built. The group received a $69,000 grant from the Jock Mayor Foundation and a $10,000 grant from the C.W. Tidus Foundation in Tulsa. The City of Pryor allocated $50,000 for the shelter in 2005 and another $50,000 in 2006. PAL has applied for five other grants to help with the cost of building the new shelter. Gibbs expects it to cost around $500,000 once the shelter is completed and furnished.

The shelter will have 37 dog runs, eight outdoor covered dog runs, a large cat room expected to hold 20 cats, a medical room, grooming room, quarantine area, animal control office, PAL office and a viewing room. There will also be storage areas and a break room.

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