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Paws and Claws opens new facility

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Friday was a big day for our furry friends at Paws and Claws.

The Humane Society held a ribbon cutting for its brand new facility Friday afternoon.

The 7,800 square foot building is located on 19th Street Northwest and is designed for future expansion.

The $3.1 million facility took more than nine months to build and required the work of more than 50 different crews.

At the new facility Paws and Claws will be able to care for 65 to 75 cats and 40 to 50 dogs daily and the building has a number of features to help keep the animals safe and healthy.

"We have real life rooms for the cats," said Dan Estes, who is on the Paws and Claws' board of directors. "We have cat condos, a great heating and ventilating system to keep disease down. The dogs are all kept in the back side of the building but we have ways for the public to interact with them as well."

Paw and Claws is still trying to raise $616,000 dollars to pay down its mortgage on the building.

The animals will start moving in on Monday or Tuesday.

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