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June 30, 2009

The HSUS to Fund Construction of New St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter

Day Marks New Beginning for Animals

The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States has awarded St. Bernard Parish, La. with a $250,000 grant to fund a new animal shelter. Julia Breaux Melancon, The HSUS' Louisiana state director, attended a groundbreaking ceremony at the location of the new shelter this morning.

"This grant is an ongoing part of The Humane Society of the United States' efforts to help the Gulf Coast Region rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina," said Breaux. "We have worked closely with St. Bernard Parish officials since the storm devastated the shelter, and we are proud to step forward and make their dreams of rebuilding a reality."

The HSUS has also assisted the Parish over the past three years by contributing $80,000 towards a shared grant that has covered the salary of the shelter's director.

The HSUS will oversee progress on the new shelter, and issue the $250,000 grant in three stages as phases of the construction progress. The Parish has already secured property. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2009.

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