CHHS to break ground on new feline center Friday

SAPPHIRE -- Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society (CHHS) announces the largest expansion on its 10-acre campus since the 2016 opening of the CHHS Canine Adoption Center. On Friday, May 4  at 11 a.m., CHHS will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new CHHS Feline Adoption and Animal Care Center, the single-largest investment specifically for cats and kittens in the shelter’s 31-year history.

The new CHHS Feline Adoption and Animal Care Center will feature three main cageless play rooms for cats with three spacious porches for plenty of fresh air and sunshine, a glass-walled kitten nursery room, holding and isolation rooms, and a state-of-the-art medical room for visiting veterinarians, vet techs and trained staff to conduct examinations, provide treatment and perform minor surgeries.

“When we opened the CHHS Canine Adoption Center in 2016, it became the most modern animal welfare facility in western North Carolina,” says David Stroud, CHHS executive director. “It gave us modern, humane housing and extra capacity for dogs and puppies that was desperately needed. We need to do the same thing for our feline friends. Despite our low-cost and free spay/neuter program, our intake of local stray and owner-surrendered cats and kittens have quadrupled in the past five years. We don’t ever want to turn away an animal in need who is brought to our doors, so we are looking forward to the doors opening for the new CHHS Feline Adoption and Animal Care Center later this summer.”

The CHHS Feline Adoption and Animal Care Center was designed by Sylva-based architect Mahaley Odell Thompson, and will be constructed by Western Builders Inc., also from Sylva. The cost of the building is projected to be $450,000, with more than 50 percent of the building cost already raised by individual donations. The new building is expected to be completed and open to the public late summer, 2018.

Founded in 1987, the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society has rescued, cared for, and found forever homes for thousands of abandoned and neglected animals. The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society is located on Highway 64 in Sapphire, North Carolina, two miles east of the Cashiers Crossroads. The no-kill shelter is open six days a week, 10a.m. to 4p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, please call the shelter at 828-743-5752 or visit CHHS online at

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