Playful, furry, adoptable dogs and cats all await their new best friends at the new adoption center and sanctuary, PALS Haven (People Assisting Lodi Shelter).
âIt’s not just a dream for us, it’s a dream for the community,â said Stephen Curr, director of PALS.
The new facility has been under construction for seven years, finally opening the doors to the public at its new location at 5113 W. Sargent Road in Lodi in late June.
The association, founded by Nancy Alumbaugh and Daunis Bradshaw in 2004, began with a 700 square foot modular building donated by Meehleis Modular Buildings, Inc. which was moved next to the Lodi Animal Shelter on Kettleman Lane.
âWe continued to help the animals in the shelter, to make adoptions, to do a huge amount of medical care (care), we also created a dog yard there, we moved a small building on the grounds of the refuge and started a great volunteer program, âsaid Nancy Alumbaugh, co-founder and director of PALS.
The new 13,000 square foot $ 2.5 million facility built on two acres of land donated by Sycamore Lane Kennels and Farm.
The original modular building is in the process of being moved to its new home and being transformed into a community awareness and education center.
Money for the installation was raised through fundraisers and private donations. The idea that started it all in 2004 has become a reality both for the two friends who shared a vision and for the Lodi community.
âAnd finally, this year we are making the dream come true,â Alumbaugh said. “Unfortunately my friend passed away during this time, but I’m pretty sure she is smiling.”
The center is open from noon to 4 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. Appointments are not necessary but are always an option.
New features of the PALS center
- A grooming room
- 3 viewing rooms
- Isolation areas for cats and dogs with ventilation systems, kitchen and laundry
- 500-square-foot runaway cat playroom with cat tree created and donated by Brock Alexander, artist and ceramics teacher at Lincoln High School
- 14 dog parks (11 covered and 3 in natural grass)
- Separate kennel for older and small dogs
- Kennels that can accommodate 43 dogs and interior space to accommodate 50 cats
- 1,350 square foot veterinary clinic that will open in the future
Dogs and cats available for adoption can be found on Petfinder. The PALS manager mentioned that he is working on updating the website to include all adoptable animal profiles, but also invites visitors to meet the animals in person.
âSo I would say we probably have around 15 to 16 dogs that we would consider highly adoptable and probably around 40 cats right now,â Curr said on June 29.
The new PALS facility continues to work in conjunction with the Lodi Animal Shelter and remains primarily a voluntary organization.
âWe match animals and people and hope to make it a lifelong relationship,â Alumbaugh said. âSo if we don’t have something that fits perfectly. We withdraw from a number of other shelters, so we go to Lodi, Stockton, we can go to Solano or we can go to Stanislaus.â
PALS Haven is looking for two kennels in the morning.
âShifts are typically three hours from 8:30 am to 11:30 am,â Curr said. âThese are fixed hours generally Monday to Friday plus a week a day so Saturday or Sunday. It’s hard work but it’s rewarding.
To apply or volunteer, contact [email protected]
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