Seeing is believing when it comes to a humane shelter

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Take a short trip and be convinced.

On the east side of Coeur díAlene Airport/Pappy Boyington Field is purgatory for dogs, cats and other animals awaiting adoption. When we say ďpurgatory,Ē we mean that itís safe harbor with plenty of love but in conditions that are far from ideal. Itís not the worst and itís far from the best. But please donít take our word for it. Drive up Ramsey Road into Hayden and youíll end up at the Kootenai Humane Societyís doorstep. See for yourself.

Weíre absolutely certain youíll quickly understand why the two-legged friends of these potentially beloved beasts are working so hard to raise $6.5 million to build them a new home. The new facility will not only take in a lot more canines, felines and other furballs, but provide a better working environment for Kootenai Humane Society employees and their army of volunteers.

With many charities, donors get the satisfaction of seeing something good being done with their hard-earned cash. A special event the evening of Aug. 7, though, offers KHS donors something wonderful in return: an unforgettable experience.

Duane and Lola Hagadone are offering ticket holders food, drink and a garden immersion that you wonít find at any other private residence in the entire Pacific Northwest. Every penny of the $200 cost of a ticket will go directly to the Kootenai Humane Societyís capital campaign because the Hagadones are picking up the bill for all expenses that evening.

After a short voyage to Casco Bay on a Coeur díAlene Resort cruise boat, visitors will be able to stroll the lush 12 acres boasting a third of a million flowers and plants, sipping cocktails along the way and enjoying delicious edibles.

Construction of the new facility will be a tremendous step forward without unwarranted extravagance. One of the reasons The Press signed on as a friend in this important capital campaign is because the project represents a major upgrade over the existing facility but with functionality as the primary driver. Forget purgatory. The new shelter offers a little bit of heaven without a hell of a bill.

To purchase tickets to the fundraiser or to support the capital campaign for the new building, visit www.kootenaihumansociety.com, call 208-819-2812 to place a credit card order, or visit the shelter at 11650 N. Ramsey Road.

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