Omaha Public Radio News
3:13 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

The Midlands Humane Society was recently awarded a $250,000 challenge grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation

Omaha, NE – The Midlands Humane Society recently received a $250,000 challenge grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation.

Board member Linda Rajcevich says the grant puts the Midlands Humane Society two-thirds of the way toward their 3.2 million dollar fundraising goal. She says the money will be used to build the first humane society for Council Bluffs. Rajcevich says the new shelter is something that is greatly needed in the city. She says, "the current animal shelter of Council Bluffs provides animal control, but it's a 7,000 square foot facility and is landlocked and the city itself has outgrown a lot of its services. So the Humane Society, the building, will be over 13,000 square feet. We'll be able to expand the types of services provided, including education and explanded adoption services."

Rajcevich estimates the new facility will provide services to 5,000 animals in its first year. For more information, the web site is www.midlandshumanesociety.org.