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Buchanan Co. animal shelter on its way after wind damage

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BUCHANAN COUNTY (KWWL) - A new animal shelter in eastern Iowa is back under construction after its roof collapsed last month.
Strong winds caused the roof to collapse at the construction site of the Buchanan County Animal Shelter on November 6th.

The damage didn't change the expected date completion. 
Organizers say construction is farther along than expected and it won't be too long before animals will be able to be housed there. 
Sunday, dozens of people came together for an open house and fundraiser for the shelter. 
Rick Wulfekuhle, president of the shelter board, says because of donations and grants, the shell around the building was put up earlier than expected.

This lets construction crews work through the winter on the inside of the building.

The shelter is expected to house 40 dogs and 40 cats. 
Wulfekuhle says the need for a shelter like this is huge.

"Just today we had initial response to one where we had county personnel that were having go pick up a dog that was dropped off at a residence home. So it happens every day in the county and the need it there," said Wulfekuhle.
Wulfekuhle says they hope to raise about another $200,000 and hope to officially move in towards the end of next year. 
He says they plan to hire two people and have the shelter run with a lot of help from volunteers.  

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