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Superior shelter changes hands, mission

Superior Telegram

The Superior Animal Shelter came under new management Thursday.

The Humane Society of Douglas County will run the shelter as a stay hold and reclaim center for the city of Superior. The Superior City Council approved a contract with the Humane Society of Douglas County in early April.

“We are pretty excited over here,” said Sheila Keup, shelter director of Humane Society of Douglas County. “We think this will be very beneficial.”

Residents can claim their lost pets or bring in stray animals to the shelter on Hill Avenue. Strays that aren’t claimed will be taken to the Humane Society’s South Range adoption center after the mandated seven-day hold period ends. The Hill Avenue location is open 7-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m., seven days a week. The South Range adoption center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

Surrendered pets should be taken to the to the South Range center. The center will also continue to accept strays from rural Douglas County.

Plans for a new animal shelter to serve Douglas County are underway with the shelter slated to be built at Bear Creek Park at the intersection of Highway 2 and Moccasin Mike Road.

“This new center will be the only shelter,” Keup said. “The other two locations will close down, so it will be good to have the two shelters combine.”

Construction is anticipated to begin in late summer or early fall.