Roice-Hurst Humane Society moves into new facility

Jenn Hensel Hildebrandt, executive director of Roice-Hurst Humane Society, hangs out with Sparky in one of the cat spaces in the organization’s new facility.



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Jenn Hensel Hildebrandt, executive director of Roice-Hurst Humane Society, hangs out with Sparky in one of the cat spaces in the organization’s new facility.

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Multiple rooms filled with cats leaping between shelves and curling up on couches were just a dream when Roice-Hurst Humane Society was at 3320 D 1/2 Road in Clifton.

Now that the animal rescue organization has moved into the former Mesa County Animal Services building at 362 28 Road, cats don’t have to be confined to cages. They have five rooms to explore.

One of those rooms is for obese cats that are fed weight-control food and have an adjacent caged-in area outdoors to explore. The other rooms have large windows to let in plenty of sunshine and contain plenty of cat-friendly furniture and toys.

“I really think these rooms are the wave of the future, and we’re lucky to have them,” Roice-Hurst Executive Director Jenn Hensel Hildebrandt said Wednesday while touring the organization’s new home. Staff moved into the facility Saturday through Tuesday and opened for business in the new location Wednesday.

The new Roice-Hurst has room for about 90 cats and dogs. Aside from one room for small dogs, the facility has kennels that have twice as much space for dogs to roam as at the old facility. The dogs also get walks three times a day.

Hensel Hildebrandt said staff members are enjoying the extra room, including a break room, which is a first for Roice-Hurst, and a room where potential adoptive families can get to know the animals one at a time.

Roice-Hurst also owns land east of the shelter, where it plans to build a gravel walking path for dogs. About $30,000 was raised for the project, which will include a fence, benches and watering stations. Hensel Hildebrandt expects the path to be finished in the next three weeks.

Eventually, the shelter plans to have another fundraiser and build a gazebo, a dog-agility course and an off-leash running area on nearby property.

Roice-Hurst’s board of directors decided in October to swap the property it owned in Clifton for the county’s 28 Road land. Animal Services didn’t need the building anymore because it had moved to a new facility at 971 Coffman Road.

Hensel Hildebrandt said Roice-Hurst will be completely out of the 3320 D 1/2 Road address June 24. She’s not sure what the county will do with the property after that.



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