The Central Dakota Humane Society is conducting an online survey leading up to the launch of the capital fundraising campaign for its new shelter.

In 2011, Burleigh County approved the sale of an eight-acre parcel at the Missouri Valley Fairgrounds complex on Yegan Road to the nonprofit animal shelter.

Cameo Skager, president of the CDHS board, said the survey will run through March 9. She said the survey asks basic information about people’s thoughts on the need for animal shelter services in the area.

The survey can be found at

The no-kill shelter has outgrown its building north of Mandan, a building it has occupied for 20 years.

“The building is in pretty sad shape,” Skager said. “We’re always full, we have a waiting list and we’re getting calls from as far away as Williston,” she said.

“Our services are in more demand, I think, because of the population boom.”

The land was purchased for $133,000 and Skager said plans are to build a $6.3 million shelter that would nearly double the capacity to house dogs and cats.

The shelter now has space for 45 dogs and 70 cats. The new 13,375-square-foot building would be able to house 80 dogs and 100 cats.

Skager said the shelter has worked with a couple of planners experienced with building shelters and the goal is to have a facility that is efficient.

“It sounds like a lot of money,” she said, “but it’s not an extravagant building. But it is functional.”

Skager said it’s hoped to start the capital fundraising campaign dubbed “Pawsitive New Beginning” in the coming months.

Until recently, she said the group had a volunteer heading the fundraising effort, but that person had to bow out.

“We’re hoping to launch the campaign this summer,” she said, and CDHS is looking for financial as well as in-kind donors.

Last year, the shelter adopted out nearly 250 animals and since opening it has placed more than 4,200 animals, Skager said.

“We know there is the need in our area.”

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