MASON CITY, Iowa - Plans for a new animal sanctuary that will provide refuge for older and homeless animals are now moving forward.
The 10-acre Glady Mae Animal Sanctuary to be built near Mason City was given state approval by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as a cat and dog sanctuary on Thursday.
The first cat living quarters are ready, but there is more work to be done as a barn will be renovated to house dogs.
Judy Siems is the founder and executive director of the sanctuary, and says that the approval is just one step in becoming fully operational and providing a much needed service.
"The idea of the prevalence of homeless animals...that will never be ending."
While there are plans for more to be added to the property, Siems says that public generosity and donations will allow for the sanctuary to expand.
"We always have enough money to take care of one building, and then when we need a new building, we gotta really ramp it up again. And that will be an ongoing thing because we're a 501 (c)(3) non profit."
The sanctuary is already starting to accept cats, and will accept dogs as soon as renovations are done.
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