After 12 years of fundraising and organizing, one Illinois county finally will get a much-needed animal shelter.
Monday, Schuyler County held a groundbreaking for its new humane society.
The land for the site was donated by a local family and an anonymous donor gave $550,000 for the project.
Since 2004, the society has spayed or neutered over 500 animals.
According to humane society website, 80 percent of the animals in the pound are euthanized each year.
When the shelter is completed, it will hold around 50 animals.
"Little kittens like this one, they shouldn't just be thrown out. They should be taken care of. And if you can't take care of them, don't have one," Humane Society President Angie Langner said.
Representatives hope to have the shelter completed this fall.
Their next project ... building a dog park across from the facility.