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Sanctuary at Haafsville breaks ground on new facility

Sanctuary at Haafsville breaks ground...

UPPER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - Finding a new home is the hope of all rescue animals. It's also been the dream of an area rescue group.

For Liz Jones and the Sanctuary at Haafsville, finding room for rescue dogs and cats is no easy task.

"This is presently where our dogs live. We have cages for 10 dogs," Liz Jones said inside her cramped Sanctuary at Haafsville.

Last year alone the Upper Macungie non-profit placed 1,600 animals.

Ground was broken Friday on a new $200,000 facility. It will have 18 indoor/outdoor dog runs, a greeting room and a reception area.

"Because of hard work from volunteers we get to do this," she told the group that gathered for the groundbreaking.

It has been a dream for nearly 30 years for Jones, who also started Allentown's Peaceable Kingdom.

"It's happened like it's supposed to be," she said.

69 News was with Jones in May 2012 when the current facility went up. Since then, 5,000 dogs and cats have been rescued.

From devastating floods in Lousiana to wildfires in Tennessee, many of the dogs who find sanctuary there come from tragic circumstances.

For volunteer Bob Long, the new dog digs will be the last steps to a new life.

"Really change the way we care for them. We've been trying to make do for so long and now we can have a proper facility," Long said.

The new facility, paid for by grants, donations and fundraisers, is expected to ready in September.

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