Suffolk Humane finalizes details on new office

Published 11:19 pm Monday, January 9, 2012

Suffolk Humane Society is hopeful the group will be able to open the doors of its new office on Nansemond Parkway later this month to the public. The group has been without an office since June but set up a lease for the new space in September.

Everything is almost ready at Suffolk Humane Society’s new office, but there are still some things left on the to-do list.

Kay Hurley, the community outreach coordinator with Suffolk Humane, said the group still has a few details to finalize before it can hold an open house at its new location in Driver.

“I think we’re almost there. It’s just getting through a few more hoops,” she said. “We’re optimistic for this month.”

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When it opens, the office will have a reception area, housing for cats and kittens and a room for animals that are sick or recovering from surgery. Additionally, there is a parking area that will offer space for visits from the Neuter Scooter, the Virginia Beach SPCA mobile surgical unit.

Hurley said the group has to obtain a couple of permits and ensure certain requirements, such as installing a handicap ramp, are met before the office can open to the public.

“Things are falling into place,” she said. “We anticipate a positive result shortly.”

Suffolk Humane has been without an office since June when the lease on its office located next to Arthur’s General Store in Driver ended.

“It makes things more challenging, but we’re fortunate to have people who are really dedicated and committed to keeping things going,” Hurley said.

In September, the group signed a new lease on a building, located at 4300 Nansemond Parkway.

Allison Dodson, a Suffolk retailer, owns the property and offered Suffolk Humane a long-term, low-cost lease.

“We’re very grateful to her,” Hurley said. “It will be a win-win for both us and her.”

She said the new office is a prime location for good exposure to the community.

“There’s so much traffic there; we hope it’ll make people aware of our existence,” Hurley said.

She added the office is close to the PetSmart locations in Harbour View East and Chesapeake Square, where the group holds adoptathons and has cats up for adoption.

“This is going to give us a home base, which is important for an organization,” Hurley said. “We think it’s going to be a great space for us, and we’re excited about moving forward.”

Last year, she said, Suffolk Humane adopted out 324 dogs and cats at various adoptathons and 250 cats through its adoption centers at two PetSmart locations.