Carolina animal shelter begins to rebuild after 2004 disaster

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    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. – Five years after a fire destroyed a Triad Carolina animal shelter, the organization is starting to rebuild.

    Happy Hills Animal Foundation broke ground Monday on a new building, which will give the organization more room to help animals in need of homes.

    The fire, which broke out on Easter Sunday in 2004, destroyed the Randolph County shelter.

    "It was a pretty devastating fire. There were five or six fire departments from different communities," Lisa Sparks, with the foundation, said. "We lost all of our office space, storage space, two catteries and all records of every animal here."

    Fortunately, all the animals survived. The organization has continued to rescue and adopt out cats and dogs over the past five years, but space has been tight.

    "It's been really crowded and we've had to be really creative on trying to store things and trying to make sure that we've got enough space for the animals," Sparks said.

    But those problems will soon be a thing of the past.

    "It's going to hold our office space, it's going to have a reception area, it's also going to have two adoption visitation rooms for families to visit with their new animal and get to know them a little bit before they adopt," Sparks said.

    They hope to have the new building complete by January.

    "It's a very exciting day here at Happy Hills, let me tell you," Sparks said.

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