If you were to drive south on Rodeo Road on the eastern edge of Eagle Butte, you will see the nearly completed Wakpa Waste Animal Shelter.
The cost of the facility was provided by a TECA grant from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. However, the TECA grant only covered the cost of building, the shelter is required to come up with the cost of the kennels, runs and other equipment.
Ethel Morgan, the shelter manager, said she expects to have a grand opening on the new facility the third week in April.
As the April date draws near, Morgan said they still have a lot to do to get ready. Morgan said a Go Fund Me page has been set up to help raise the funds for the cost of the equipment. Donations from the community are also being sought.
Currently a number of local businesses have provided donations including the State Bank of Eagle Butte, Western Dakota Bank, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, Lakota Thrifty Mart, Ganje’s Hardware Hank, Sturdevant’s, West River Eagle and GTC, along with a number of individuals.
Morgan said anybody who contributes will have their name engraved on a name plate and it will be displayed in the waiting room and entrance of the new shelter.
The shelter received some statewide attention as it was featured on KELO-TV’s “Eye on Keloland” last week.
Once open, the new facility will offer inside/outside dog kennel runs, a separate cat room, quarantine area for sick animals, and a surgery suite for spay/neuter surgeries.
Construction began last fall on the facility.
Morgan said that the shelter will be closed for the first two weeks of April as they shoot for the grand opening to be held the third week of April.
If you’d like to make a donation, contact Ethel at 964-7812 or you can donate online at www.gofundme.com/fcrp4newshelter.
“All donations are welcome,” said Morgan.