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(WBIR-Corbin) A Knox County, Ky. animal shelter has a new home after a fire destroyed its building last year.

The fire took place in November at Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter (KWAS) in Rockholds. Dozens of animals died in the fire, including the shelter's house dog, "Sassy."

Shortly after, KWAS moved to a smaller location in Corbin and began raising money for a larger building.

According to Deanna Myers, KWAS Director, the shelter bought a new building in February. It's located on 66 Busy Lane, blocks away from the temporary shelter. The staff is now working on renovations.

"This is a facility that is actually going to be so much better for, not only the community, but for the animals that we take in. We'll be able to save a lot more lives," Myers said.

The new shelter is a 10,000 sq. ft. building; that is about 10 times larger than the temporary shelter.

"This is going to be a large change for us just the fact, the dynamics, of how large this building is," said Martin Myers, KWAS assistant director.

KWAS still needs about $150,000 for renovations to the building, including new plumbing.

Cats and dogs will have separate spaces.

They will be able to hold more animals for adoption.

"Compared to our old shelter, we only had 28 stalls for stray hold and even for adoption floor. So now, this facility is going to be able to house 50 animals for adoption and we're going to have 15 kennels in our quarantine area just for stray hold," Myers said.

The community has helped provide materials for KWAS' new building, including concrete blocks.

KWAS expects to move into the new building by the end of the summer or early fall.

Contact KWAS at their Facebook page or at 606-526-6925.

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