Helping Hands Opens New Location

By: Doug Brown
By: Doug Brown
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Tuesday was a doggone good day for homeless pets in the Topeka area.

Helping Hands Humane Society opened the doors of its new, state of the art shelter in the former Dillons grocery store building at SW 21st and Belle.

A crowd arrived to check out the animals - and the cats and dogs checked out them, too! One little boy was seen racing a cat back and worth along the window of the new cat colonies.

The new shelter recorded its first adoption within an hour of opening its doors.

Executive Director Bill Acree says the parking lot was full when he opened the doors to cheers at 11:30 am. He says he felt a little like a retail worker on Black Friday, having to get out of the way from the crowd wanting to get inside - and he added he didn't mind one bit.

The new shelter cost $7.2 million between purchase of real estate and renovations. It was funded entirely through donations. Acree says they're moving in debt-free thanks to the generosity of the community.

Shelter staff and volunteers spent the weekend moving the animals and equipment and supplies from the former shelter location on NW Rochester Rd.


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