Friends and members of the Valley Humane Society have joined in groundbreaking ceremonies for the organization's new 5,200-square-foot building where construction is actually already under way on Nevada Street next to the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department headquarters.
The new complex will replace a 2,100-square-foot modular unit on the site that has served as the nonprofit group's center since 2006 when it moved from its much smaller building on Spring Street downtown.
Lori Rice, board chairman of the Valley Humane Society, led the groundbreaking ceremonies that included remarks by Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and then the symbolic shovels turning the soil by board members.
"This groundbreaking marks the beginning of a new era for Valley Humane and it's exciting," Rice told the crowd.
"Over 25 years ago, a dedicated group of animal lovers decided to do something about the homeless animals in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley area," she added. "I think when they started Valley Humane they probably never would have imagined that we would be here on this ground dedicating an animal care facility that will not give us over 5,200 square feet of space. It seems to me like just yesterday that we were in our spring street shelter thinking that we were big time at 800 square feet. And then we moved to this modular which we thought was heaven."
"This larger facility will enable us to help even more the Tri-Valley community in taking care of their animals, to provide a resource when they need help and to go into the schools to further our humane education program so that all of the animals in the Tri-Valley are well taken care of.
In addition to the groundbreaking, the Humane Society held a fundraiser Saturday night, called the Great Catsby Casino Night, at a member's home.