ASHLAND -- Homeward Bound, a new dog shelter, will be begin construction on Baney Road in the spring of 2020.
The shelter will be located across from the grass parking lot of the Ashland County Fairgrounds.
Plans for Homeward Bound have been ongoing since 2018. Since then, the volunteer planning committee has been meeting once or twice a month to discuss the shelters progression.
“In the middle of May of 2018, my brother said to me, ‘Before I die, I want you to organize a new shelter," said Dianne Hammontree, secretary of Homeward Bound's planning committee. “Before we had the concept, there were three of us.
"Then, like the disciples, we had a committee of 12, and then in a very short time, we had $350,000 in donations.”
Originally, digging for the shelter was to begin in November, but due to the rumors of a rough winter season, it has been put on hold until April of 2020.
The name of the shelter was created by Rhonda Boulden, owner of the Flour Barrel in Ashland. It was unanimously approved by the planning committee.
“(The name conveys) the idea that the dog is going from a temporary home to a permanent home,” said Brent Thompson, Hammontree’s brother and member of the planning committee. “It will be the only shelter in Ohio with a full-time vet and a full-time groomer."
The building will feature more than 65 kennels, indoor and outdoor recreational areas for the dogs as well as several other amenities.
Hammontree took time to thank all of Homeward Bound's supporters, including the members of the volunteer planning committee, advisory support as well as the Flour Barrel for hosting their campaign for the new shelter.
"There certainly are a lot of dog people in Ashland," Hammontree said.
For additional information on Homeward Bound Dog Shelter, or to find out how to make a donation, community members can contact Hammontree at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A website is also under development and will be available to the public soon dogshelterashlandohio.org.