PAWS animal shelter putting fundraiser money towards new roof

By Ryne Turke on July 29, 2016 at 2:44pm

Jacksonville’s animal shelter is receiving some structural improvements thanks to proceeds from the annual Dog Gone Fundraiser.

Despite the extreme heat in Illinois last week, Lisa Jackson from the Protecting Animal Welfare Society says the big crowd brought in $8,000.

Jackson explains what construction will take place.

“Half of our kennel building has a flat roof and has several leaks. We already have the funding for our office roof, which will be done in August. Then we have some wall repairs that need to be done. Once those are done the roofers will be able to replace the roof,” says Jackson.

Jackson says the proceeds will cover “a good chunk” of the construction cost.

The 700 West Walnut location houses around 60 dogs and 30 cats at a time.

As of the date of the fundraiser, PAWS has rescued 533 animals.