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Groundbreaking for new Humane Society Animal Shelter

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- One man is making it all possible, turning what is now abandoned buildings and fields by train tracks into a brand new humane society.

The ubiquitous golden shovels were out this afternoon to formally announce the "Roger James Animal Adoption Center." The Humane Society says ninety-year-old Roger James is the main reason why the ground breaking was today.

He donated more than a hundred thousand dollars to help with fundraising because the former Hanford chemist says a no-kill shelter has to be in our community.

"The talk has been wouldn't it be nice if we could someday build a shelter," says Humane Society executive director, Ed Dawson. "Well, Roger James comes along and with his $109 thousand dollar gift a couple of years ago and all of a sudden that talk becomes real planning."

"it's needed to help the animals," says James.

The Humane Society hopes to start construction by the end of the summer, but they say they still need a half a million dollars to raise, or else they will have to take out a business loan. Their current facility holds about 40 animals; this one they said could have over a hundred.