|In 2010 Historic St. Paul returned a beautiful old building in St. Paul to its original 1920 era style. And, what a beautiful job they did, too! The building that got the face lift was the Animal Ark Thrift Store at East 7th and Arcade. Historic St. Paul seeks to preserve the important heritage of its beautiful city. Restoring the old Animal Ark Thrift Store to its original beauty and design helped them fulfill that mission. But, it is likely to have another positive side-effect: it will help save animals' lives.|
When Animal Ark purchased the building, which was a former car dealership and garage, it had been through many prior uses and re-designs. The facade had faded, and a portion of the building was only usable as a storage garage. After the renovation, that changed. The Thrift Store itself got new windows and an updated retro look. The adjacent garage space (which Animal Ark also owns) got even more.
The old garage door was removed. Giant floor-to-ceiling windows were put in its place. That, and other enhancements have turned what was an old garage into a beautifully lit retail space on a busy intersection in St. Paul... the perfect place for a new pet adoption center.
According to Marlene Foote, President of Animal Ark, the new adoption center could help Animal Ark save thousands of animals per year, once it is fully functional. The new adoption center will be operation with a combination of staff and volunteer help.
Foote said, "Like all real estate, it is really all about 'location, location, location'." She notes that while Animal Ark is Minnesota's largest no kill animal shelter, its location can be challenging.
"Our Hastings shelter is about a 35 minute drive from Saint Paul," she said. "Some people have a hard time making the commute to get a new pet." As a result, the new adoption center should help Animal Ark adopt and rescue more animals from the city of St. Paul.
Initially, the new adoption center will focus primarily on cat adoptions. Dogs will be available for adoption on specific days at an adjacent K9 adoption area.
Like the Hastings shelter, the new St. Paul adoption center will offer homeless pets luxury housing and convenient adoption hours. Located just a short hop from the intersections of interstates 35E and 94, the adoption center will be super-convenient for most anyone in the Twin Cities metro area.
"We have successfully helped to create no kill communities in Hastings, Rosemount and Prescott... and we have been moving no kill ever-closer to St. Paul. We hope everyone will support us to help save more lives in St. Paul, and, ultimately, make St. Paul a no kill city," Foote added.
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