Animal shelter volunteers asked for — and received — an extension to the date they need to be out of their current building.

Animal shelter volunteers asked for — and received — an extension to the date they need to be out of their current building.

For the past four decades, the Henry County Humane Society has occupied the city-owned dog pound building, located near the city burn pile, as its animal shelter.

Though construction on a new shelter, which will be called the Bob & Barb Kuhns Pet Haven, is nearing completion, it won’t be finished by the Dec. 1 deadline set by the city.

Volunteers requested an extension until Feb. 1, 2018.

Initially, the city asked the humane society to pay $500 a month in rent if the building wasn’t vacated by Dec. 1, but won’t charge that rent for the two month extension.

In a letter sent to the council, humane society president Karen Russell said the installation of dog kennel walls and gates were the primary reason for the delay.

“The kennel walls have been ordered, but the kennel gates will not be measured and ordered until the walls are erected,” she wrote.

Project manager Bob Johnson, who attended the committee of the whole meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24, said the dog pens “should be delivered this week, so that will help.”

City officials previously said the police department has plans for the building, and vacate date was needed to help properly budget for the building’s future use.

“At the end of the day, we need to get in and see what we need to do for the building, and whether that’s Dec. 1 or Feb. 1, we’ll be alright,” said city administrator Lisa Kotter.

Humane society volunteers also requested additional time to move items stored outside the current shelter, including outdoor dog kennels covered with tarpaulins.

“Although we will begin emptying the kennels when the storage rooms at the new facility are ready, we would like until sometime in the spring to take down the kennels, due to the impending inclement weather and the outside work involved,” wrote Russell in her request.

Aldermen indicated they were fine with the humane society waiting until spring to move outdoor storage items.