The Licking County Humane Society will host a grand opening of its new shelter at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 11.
Tours of the shelter will follow the ceremony and a mural designed and created by Licking and Muskingum county teenagers will be unveiled in the Catatorium.
The student artists, who are participating in the Granville Studio of Visual Arts' Ripple Effect class, chose the Licking County Humane Society as the recipient of "The Happy Cat" mural created as part of the Winter 2013 course.
Heath Mayor Mark Johns and LCHS Executive Director Lori Carlson will participate in the ceremony, as will representatives from Robertson Construction and JBA Architects, among others.
The new 6,400-square-foot shelter will house about 40 dogs and 60 cats. The cats will be housed in three rooms, including a room for kittens. Dogs are in kennels appropriate to their size. Outdoor walking and play areas are available, and the shelter has a clinic for veterinarian visits,
The shelter was built with donations and gifts. No tax dollars were committed to the project. Donations still are needed to meet the shelter's $1 million goal. Donations can be made at lchspets.org.