Great Falls girl opens lemonade stand to help animal-welfare center
Jovie Street of Great Falls, 7 years old, set up a lemonade stand at the corner of Fox Farm and Park Garden Road on Tuesday. (MTN News photo)
GREAT FALLS -
Jovie Street of Great Falls, 7 years old, set up a lemonade stand at the corner of Fox Farm and Park Garden Road on Tuesday.
She and her friends gave away free lemonade while asking people to donate money to the Maclean Animal Adoption Center, which will host its grand opening on Saturday.
Street says she had two reasons for the stand: she really wanted to have a lemonade stand and she really loves animals because they're cute.
(April 17, 2015) Construction continues at the Margaret J. Maclean Animal Welfare Center on 25th Avenue NE in Great Falls.
The Foundation started construction on the multi-million dollar facility in 2007.
Pam Volk, the director of the Animal Foundation of Great, says the final steps are going by fast.
Volk explained, "Construction has been going along really quickly. Everything is on schedule. The weather has been beautiful, of course that helps. And we are anticipating a late summer opening, actually the end of July or early August,” Volk said.
The Foundation's goal with the center is high adoption rates.
The facility will have medical care for incoming animals, grooming, spay and neuter programs, and more.
The Animal Welfare Center will not only be for pet adoptions but will also offer classes to the community.
"We will be serving Great Falls and all of north-central Montana. If you didn't adopt your animal here, you're of course still welcome to bring your animal in and attend one of our training courses," Volk said.
"I have heard individuals who have been with this Foundation working on this project since 2002, that were a part of the grassroots campaign, I've heard them say the dream is now the reality. And it did happen quickly," Volk said.
So far, there have been 3,156 donors who have helped make the center a possibility -- and every penny helps.