Cochrane and Area Humane Society is in the middle of construction for their 4000 square foot rehabilitation and education centre.

Jaimie Anton, Cochrane and Area Humane Society, Fund Development Officer, says the build is running on track and should be open by late December 2016.

Anton describes all the great additions the facility will be able to offer.

"We will have grooming in there as well as a public dog wash they can access. It's going to offer all of our training classes and programs that we offer as well as some of our education ones for kids. We are going to do kids birthday parties, some fun dog birthday parties, and just build on our training and education programs."

The total expansion will cost $850,000 and Anton shares they are roughly 84-85% of the way.

The Cochrane and Area Humane Society has a huge service area, much larger than most local community members realize.

"We service a really large area; we have Rocky View, the Town of Cochrane, the City of Airdrie, Mountain View, BigHorn, Stoney First Nation, Redwood Meadows, and Bragg Creek."

Anton shares the expansion would not be possible without the help of many hands.

"We couldn't do what we do without our volunteers, we have over 350 active volunteers, we have about 200 volunteers we see weekly or on a regular basis. They are just phenomenal, whether they are in the shelter, or serving as foster homes, or helping out with events."

The Humane Society has managed to move things around and keep all the animals stress free throughout the building process. 

Anton adds, watch for the big reveal at a grand opening in the New Year.