Shelter For Homeless Pets May Be Homeless Themselves If Developers Have Their Way
A pet shelter that provides homes to hundreds of homeless dogs may soon be homeless themselves in a matter of months.
The Pet Bull Project is an education and training center in Toledo, Ohio. The space the group leases was just sold, and they've been told the rent is going up by more than $2,000 a month. An exorbitant increase that they cannot afford.
The group provides assistance to low-income pet owners to ensure animals stay healthy such as training and free pet food. Low-cost grooming is also offered once a month. The Pet Bull Project helps find new homes for abused and abandoned dogs. But they need a new space to keep up their services by August.
The property was sold in early January to a Michigan-based investment firm that plans to renovate the building for restaurants and retail shops, reports the Toledo Blade.
A church and a barbershop are also located in the same building as the Pet Bull Project but had not been alerted to rent increase as of May 13.
Cindy Reinsel, the Executive Director of PET Bull, told Cuteness that their future is still unknown.
"At this point, we do not have any options and may have to put our stuff in storage until we can raise enough funds," Cindy said, "But the community has been very supportive with ideas and donations."
So now, they're reaching out for help.
Their website states, "It's with great sadness that we announce that we will no longer have a home in a few weeks. No fault of our own as we have been asked to vacate the premises so we now turn to you and plea for assistance - our furry friends are counting on us, countless people within the community who we serve, youth who find comfort and their voice within our programs as well as volunteers who consider PET Bull their 2nd home and extended family! No donation is too small!"
There is hope and faith in her words, and we're hoping that they get the special new home they (and their pups!) deserve.