We would like to thank Mike Vogel for asking a very legitimate question about when construction of the new Payson Humane Society shelter will begin. It is a question that we, as the Board of Directors of Payson Humane Society, would like to answer. While we would love to say, "tomorrow," that is probably not realistic.
We have the building plans. We are completing the site plan. We certainly have the animals to fill it. We have even had a Payson Development Services meeting to discuss the details of the requirements to begin building. What are we missing? Why can't we start construction tomorrow?
Well, you can probably guess the answer to those questions. Money.
We need close to a million more dollars to complete our new building. We can finish up our plans, and we have finally acquired the necessary land (a story in itself if you have followed our years-long struggle to buy land). What we need now are your donations.
People have asked us why this building is so expensive. Why can't we put up a simple building and start moving in the animals right away? There are many reasons why this building is more costly than an office building or a supermarket.
An animal shelter is a unique building. If typical, conventional building materials are utilized, they tend to absorb moisture and create odor over time. Typical building materials (wood, concrete, concrete block) also provide an inviting environment for the growth of bacteria, viruses and parasites. This may not only be deadly to the animals we are trying to help, but it also requires the use of bleach and chemicals in order to keep this growth under control.
Our new shelter will require much less chemical intervention to keep it sanitary.
Another important consideration is water use. The special materials and techniques will require substantially less water for cleaning, making us much more water-efficient, even with more room for animals. Of course, a major consideration is noise. We, along with our architect and builder, have taken special care to make sure that our building is quiet. Decibel studies on shelters similar to ours, built by our builder, have confirmed that our outside sound levels will be comparable, or less than, levels of normal conversation. We believe that our neighbors will be very pleased with both the appearance and quiet of our new building.
But, as we said, these improvements will require support and donations from the community.
Please help us. The animals are counting on all of us.
Board of Directors of Payson Humane Society
Editor's note: This letter was shortened to fit within the Roundup's 400-word policy for letters to the editor.