By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

St. Frances secures long-term location for animal shelter


December 20, 2023

The borough assembly has approved a 21-year lease for St. Frances Animal Rescue to operate a small shelter on a lot that it would share with the vehicle impound yard.

For years, St. Frances Animal Rescue has connected the community's cats and dogs with warm, loving homes. But after its cat shelter on private property closed in 2020, the nonprofit has been searching for a new location.

After three years of collaboration between St. Frances and the borough, the assembly approved a 21-year lease Dec. 12 on an industrial lot near the junction of Bennett Street and Ishiyama Drive. The nonprofit requested - and was awarded - the borough's longest available lease agreement for its shelter at a rate of $10 per year.

As of last week, the organization had 11 cats...

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