HART for Animals president Mike Pellet presented an update report to the Garrett County commissioners on Tuesday about his group’s proposed adoption center. The facility is to be constructed along Bumble Bee Road on 6.5 acres of county-owned property.
“For the past two years, we’ve been working hard to privately fund the HART Animal Adoption Center,” Pellet said. “Thanks to the lease from the county, we have the property.”
He noted land has been cleared, a driveway has been installed, and final designs have been submitted by the architect.
“Our goal is to break ground the first quarter of next year,” Pellet said.
The president showed Commissioners Ernie Gregg and Fred Holliday architectural renderings of the center. Pellet said the facility will house 60 dogs, 20 puppies, 40 cats, and about 20 or 30 kittens.
The first phase of the center will cost about $600,000, with the total cost of the project being $1.2 million. Pellet noted all work has been done with private funds and donations.
“We’ve raised about $300,000 so far, and we have some other commitments,” he said. “So, within the next month or two, we think we’ll be pretty close to the initial $600,000, which will get us up and running.”