DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The Michigan Humane Society is launching a campaign to raise money toward the construction of an animal care center in Detroit.

The new facility would be just blocks away from the group’s current Detroit shelter, a former piston ring factory built more than 100 years ago. MHS has been at their current location since the 1920s.

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The Humane Society said it will cost about $15.5 million to build the 34,000-square-foot facility.

The future MHS Detroit Animal Care Campus would offer improved animal housing, an expanded veterinary center, a new home for the Cruelty Investigation and Rescue Department, dog and cat rehabilitation areas and a community dog park. It would offer services for both short- and long-term care needs.

The new facility would constructed of disease resistant materials for improved sanitation and animal health.

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MHS said one of their hopes is that the new facility’s modern, welcoming design will encourage increased use of their services and animal adoptions, as well as change general perceptions of what an animal shelter looks like and what it can do.

Excavation at the site has already begun. The Michigan Humane Society plans to complete the project by early 2016.

MHS is seeking gifts of any size, or pledges with a payment period of up to five years. For more information, visit www.michiganhumane.org/building.

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