Almost four months after a fire destroyed the Animal Aid Humane Society in Moline, the building is ready to take in animals once again.
A dozen cats were killed in the fire. Today is a happy day though as the volunteers moved the cats from the temporary store front back to the newly remodeled shelter.
“It’s been a journey,” says Animal Aid Humane Society Director, Cathy Moorehouse.
As she watched the cats walk around the shelter, Moorehouse said it will take them a little time to get used to the new surrounds.
“They’re a little out of sorts at the moment as you can tell they are kind of crying out looking around and hiding but come back tomorrow and they will all be lounging and laying in these cat beds and they will be perfect.”
The room where the fire started is now painted bright yellow. A cheerful color to help the volunteers move on.
“This room will always hold a little bit of sadness because a lot of us, we knew all of those cats by name. [We] have to move on.”