New Horizon withdraws proposal for museum building

Other facilities being considered

New Horizons Humane Society is investigating the possibility of using the former Sav A Lot building on Northland Drive in Big Rapids as a cat shelter. (Herald Review photo/Cathie Crew)

New Horizons Humane Society is investigating the possibility of using the former Sav A Lot building on Northland Drive in Big Rapids as a cat shelter. (Herald Review photo/Cathie Crew)

REED CITY — New Horizon Humane Society has withdrawn its proposal to use the former Old Rugged Cross museum building as a cat shelter and vaccine clinic.

New Horizon president Miguel Troche said the proposal has been withdrawn, but they are looking for another possible location for the shelter somewhere in the Osceola/Mecosta County area.

“The city is more interested in using it for a recreation facility for the community than for a cat shelter,” Troche said. “There are more city council members that feel it should and could be used for recreation for the youth.”

“We are in talks with Big Rapids officials regarding the use of the former Sav-A-Lot building,” he continued. “We are discussing with them and the owners of the building about the possibility of using that location.”

Troche said that they would like to find something in Reed City but would also be looking in the surrounding areas for a possible location.

“We would love to do something in Osceola County, and especially in Reed City, because there is a big issue (with cats) here,” he said.

“The community is behind us, but we don’t have the revenue we need,” he said. “We are looking for a grant writer to assist us in seeing what we can get to help with our operational costs and possibly acquiring some land. Anyone that is willing to help us, or has any expertise and knowledge, I encourage them to reach out to us.”

New Horizon currently has around 20 cats in foster care and are looking for adoptive families, Troche said.

“We will be having events at Family Farm & Home in Reed City every other Saturday to adopt pets out,” he said. “We are looking for fosters, also. We have availability, but we need financial support to provide them with the food and other supplies they need to be an adequate foster.”

Anyone willing to make a financial donation may go to newhorizonhumane.org.