Meriden Humane Society gets 3-month extension on lease to address issues

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MERIDEN — After months of bad news, a Christmas wish has come true, at least partially, for the Meriden Humane Society.

On December 6, the city’s manager met with the society’s board to discuss the lease agreement with the city. About a month earlier, they had announced that the city would not renew the lease for the current space. However, the society has made big strides recently to address concerns from the city, and thus was granted a 90 day extension, until May 31, 2017. At that point, they will be evicted if a new agreement has not been reached.

If a long-term agreement isn’t reached, MHS has not said where it would move.

In a letter posted to its Facebook page in late November, MHS said it had made several changes recently. The lease termination occurred due to issues found during city inspections, so MHS responded to the concerns, and addressed other changes it felt were necessary to continue operating as a no-kill shelter.

However, the main concern at this point is unpaid debts. MHS owes $40,000, and that number keeps growing. To accomplish its goal of staying open, which it says it will do “even if we have to move,” MHS is asking for some help.

If you’d like to pay off those bills, contact these companies directly–they’ve all agreed to accept donations on MHS’ behalf: Eversource, VCA Cheshire Animal Hospital, VCA Shelton Animal Hospital, Piper Olson, East Side Vet Clinic and Central Hospital in North Haven.

Also, the shelter has created “wish lists” at Walmart and Amazon so that you can buy items they need. Click here for the Walmart wish list and here for the Amazon wish list. If you want to donate through those options, set the shipping name to (first name) Meriden Humane, (last name) Society, 311 Murdock Ave, Meriden.

Lastly, a GoFundMe page has been established, which you can find here.