By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- The Central Brevard Humane Society took another step in its mission of making the Space Coast a "no-kill" community.
On Thursday, Jan. 23, the nonprofit shelter celebrated the opening of its "new" Merritt Island Adoption Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Joining representatives from the Humane Society were Brevard County Commissioner Chuck Nelson, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Cocoa Beach Mayor Dave Netterson, Port Canaveral Commissioner Frank Sullivan, Cocoa Councilman Tyler Furbish and representation from Congressman Bill Posey's office.
The building was donated to the Humane Society in 2012 by the Platano family.
"We officially opened the Adoption Center in June 2013," said Eileen Cole, media relations manager. "The Adoption Center will enable us to care for more animals that need new homes until they are adopted into loving and caring families."
Ms. Cole added that some of the animals up for adoption at the Humane Society's new building include small dogs, puppies, kittens and adult cats.
The 8,000-square-foot building will also host the Humane Society's executive offices, as well as three free roaming pet rooms, an expanded lobby area, a large conference room, a pet consignment boutique and room for expansion, to include dog training classes and other pet-friendly opportunities.
In addition to its Cocoa location, the Central Brevard Humane Society's Merritt Island Adoption Center receives no support from tax dollars, so the organization relies solely on funding through donations, adoption fees, product sales and fundraisers.
"With the addition of the Adoption Center, we are looking forward to being able to find new, forever homes for more animals in our community," Ms. Cole said.
The Central Brevard Humane Society's Merritt Island Adoption Center is located at 155 Pioneer Road, Merritt Island.
Business hours are Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.