BY TOM BUSSELBERG
WOODS CROSS - A Woods Cross-based cat and dog rescue facility is searching for a new home.
The nonprofit A New Beginning Animal Rescue, Inc., received word about four months ago that it needed to move.
“We have had no luck finding someplace,” Co-director Debbie Hasbrouck said, indicating the search has been on for about four months.
Proper zoning and rental fees are the main obstacles, she said.
“It’s a very specific zone” that is required, Hasbrouck said, adding that each city tends to have different zoning regulations, further complicating the search.
“A couple of people who have approached us, one guy wanted $2,000 a month. We’re a nonprofit,” she said.
Currently, veterinarian John Martin charges “...a couple hundred dollars a month. He’s doing it for the animals,” Hasbrouck said.
That’s for a space of about 2,500 square feet, she said, space that is adequate for the facility’s needs.
“He has done a lot for us over the years,” such as with veterinary care, Hasbrouck said, emphasizing there is no problem between the veterinarian or her group.
She said he needs the space “for some other venture, whatever he’s doing.”
Martin did not return a call to the Clipper Monday for comment.
The rescue group has been able to function under the zoning approvals of the Bountiful Animal Hospital, operated by Martin, Hasbrouck said.
It was hoped the rescue group could find a new group by the beginning of this year.
“We’ve told him (Martin) we need a bit longer. He’s not going to kick us out on the street, but we do need to find a place,” Hasbrouck said.
A New Beginning Animal Rescue, Inc. was formed about five years ago by Gabi Johnson and Hasbrouck. They both volunteered with other rescue groups and opted to form their own organization, Hasbrouck said.
The facility typically houses 20-25 cats. They are cats that have been rescued and waiting for permanent homes.
Weekend adoption opportunities typically mean a couple or more are adopted, freeing up space, she said.
“We are constantly getting phone calls about cats that need to be rescued,” Hasbrouck said.
Situations leading to those calls range from cat owners moving and not being able to take their cat with them, new owners finding they’re allergic, or a new baby in the family puts an end to having a cat, as well, she said.
From three to six dogs are typically sheltered at any one time, as well.
“Were trying to find someplace between Ogden and Layton,” Hasbrouck said.
That’s where most of the facility’s volunteers live.
For more information, call Debbie at 801-671-3778 or Gabi at 801-916-2924 or visit anbrescue.org.