Apr 30, 2013 8:39 AM by AP
No longer will dogs and cats at the Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter in east Houma be subjected to overcrowded cages and mixed company.
Since 2009, members of the shelter, parish officials and advocates have been trying to reach their goal of raising $2 million for a new facility to be built on U.S Highway 90.
Last week, The Courier reports that goal became a reality when the Houma-Terrebonne Public Trust Financing Authority approved a grant of $500,000 to go toward the shelter.
The Parish Council approved a $1 million federal recovery grant from hurricanes Gustav and Ike in July to go toward the new shelter. The shelter itself came up with $250,000 from donations, and Friends of the Terrebonne Animal Shelter fundraising has generated about $30,000.