Central Missouri Humane society cleans up temporary space for the animals

Saturday, May 1, 2010 | 4:19 p.m. CDT; updated 8:29 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 1, 2010
Cooper Thornhill, 4, sweeps the floors of a future waiting area in the old Mid-City Lumber building, while volunteering on Saturday. The building will be a temporary location for the Humane Society adoption center during renovations funded by the $1 million ZooToo renovation contest.

COLUMBIA — The Mid-City Lumber Building smelled of Pine-Sol and Lysol on Saturday. Volunteers were scattered around the building — scrubbing, sweeping and dusting — all in the name of animals.

"I got my cleaning supplies, and I'm going to clean," Friends for the Animals facilitator Millie Rambis said.


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That morning began the process of readying the temporary space for the humane society animals while the permanent location gets a makeover. The Mid-City Lumber Building was donated to the humane society after being empty for four years.

Amanda Huhman, 14, sported yellow rubber gloves, ready to clean until the job was completely finished. Huhman has been with the humane society since she was in second grade. Her earliest memory of the society was adopting her dog, Wrigley.

"I like to work with the animals, " Amanda said, "You get to see how excited they are when they meet their new homes."

The humane society won the Zootoo contest last summer and received money torenovate their current facilities. Volunteers and Executive Director Alan Allert are very excited about the changes that are going to happen.

"It's a very old building and they are going to completely revamp it," Allert said.

There were no idle hands, Allert who wore dress slacks and a tie was getting into the grime and taking down old dusty blinds.

"I attribute a lot to Dr. Allert. He's really turned it  around," Rambis said.

Allert and the rest of the volunteers hope to get the building spic and span by the end of Saturday and get animals moved in within two weeks. The entire renovation of the shelter is estimated to last six weeks.

At the end of the day, Shelter Relations Coordinator Allison Toth put it simplest,"It's all about the animals," he said.

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