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Ribbon cutting, open house showcases new dog digs at Humane Society

By KERRY STEINHOFER

kerry.steinhofer@amnews.com

After waiting four years for a dream-come-true, Danville-Boyle Humane Society opened the Katherine E. Nelsen Adoption Center on Saturday. 

Board members and employees cut the ribbon and invited guests to check out the new facility. The event drew a large crowd, including several people who played important roles in making the new building possible. Those who donated a great deal of  time and/or funds to the building were recognized during the ceremony. 

“It’s sad that our leader Kathy Nelsen isn’t here, and she wants us to be happy and it’s a great day to know that dogs are going to have a nice home,” DBHS Board Member Bettie Poland said. 

Poland gave a presentation about the building, touched on its history and how the building came to be. Judge-Executive Harold McKinney briefly shared his thoughts and feelings about the new facility and what it means to the Humane Society and the city of Danville. 

As a final part of the facility’s unveiling ceremony, dogs were let into kennels by key individuals holding plaques crediting donors who made the kennels possible. The dogs will reside in the new facility until they are adopted out. 

“I want everyone to come out and see the facility that they helped build and to also see the sweet little faces inside,” Poland said. 

Dog from the Danville-Boyle Humane Society in its new kennel.

Dog from the Danville-Boyle Humane Society in its new kennel.

Dogs from the Danville-Boyle Humane Society in its new kennel.

One of the new rooms in the Katherine E. Nelsen Adoption Center.

One of the new rooms in the Katherine E. Nelsen Adoption Center.

The new kennels in the Katherine E. Nelsen Adoption Center.

The new kennels in the Katherine E. Nelsen Adoption Center.

The new Katherine E. Nelsen Adoption Center.

The new Katherine E. Nelsen Adoption Center.

Judge-Executive Harold McKinney talking with guests before the start of the event.

Judge-Executive Harold McKinney talking with guests before the start of the event.

Bettie Poland discussing the history of the Danville-Boyle Humane Society and how the new building came together.

Bettie Poland discussing the history of the Danville-Boyle Humane Society and how the new building came together.

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Barbara Beaney cutting the ribbon in front of the visiting room door at the Katherine E. Nelsen Adoption Center.

Barbara Beaney cutting the ribbon in front of the visiting room door at the Katherine E. Nelsen Adoption Center.

City Commissioner Kevin Caudill and City Manager Ron Scott standing in front of a kennel donated by the City of Danville.

City Commissioner Kevin Caudill and City Manager Ron Scott standing in front of a kennel donated by the City of Danville.