The Danville Area Humane Society soon will begin renovating again, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the E. Stuart James Grant Charitable Trust.

The grant is payable over five years and will be used to renovate the cat room and isolation area, built in 1989, as well as the currently unused dog runs, which will be turned into a cat room.

“We are deeply grateful to the trustees for supporting our work through the years,” executive director Paulette Dean said in a news release. “When we received notification of this grant, I sat at my desk with tear-filled eyes, so thankful for this opportunity to improve the shelter.”

The shelter has been operated by the humane society since 1984, and has added additional dog runs and an adoption center since then.

The shelter also received an additional $50,000 grant for spay/neuter programs.

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Ceillie ​Simkiss reports for the Danville Register & Bee. Contact her at or (434) 791-7981.

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