The new building for the Healthy Hearts and Paws Project in Warren is inching closer to being finished.

Construction on the shelter started at the beginning of the year and is 75% done but it can’t continue unless they find more funds. The non-profit needs to raise at least $250,000 to finish the rest of the project. 

The new shelter was designed with the best interest of the animals in mind with a quarantine center as soon as the animals arrive, an indoor play center when there's bad weather outside, and individual kennels for each animal. 

“When we bring in these dogs and we bring in these cats often times they’ve not had the best life ever and we want to make their accommodations as comfortable as possible … and also keep their stay as short as possible,” Jason Cooke, the President and CEO of Healthy Hearts and Paws Project said.

The building the organization is currently using is in Brookfield. It started out as Cooke's personal home but grew into a shelter and quickly became overrun by the need to house animals in Trumbull County. Right now, the volunteers are taking care of more than 100 animals and need more space.

“With a larger facility, larger capacity (and) better accommodations, we can start alleviating the burden of all of these dogs and cats in the shelter,” he said.

All in hopes of finding every animal a forever home. 

Anyone interested in making a donation or becoming a sponsor of the new building can reach out to Cooke on their Facebook page. 

The organization will also be holding an open house on Friday, October 13, Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15. Anyone who wants to tour the building on 909 Martin Luther King Blvd in Warren and see the progress can schedule an appointment on the Facebook page.