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MUNCIE, Ind. — Muncie could be going to the dogs.

A nonprofit organization wants to build a 38-acre animal sanctuary in Delaware County that would give unwanted dogs and cats the home they deserve. 

Grateful Rescue and Sanctuary plans is to house up to 1,300 dogs and cats, while helping them find a forever home. 

The sanctuary would transform a piece of farmland on the west side of Delaware County Road 500-W into a veterinary clinic, hiking trails, a festival stage, a small retail village and more, said the Muncie Star Press

But before the sanctuary is created it needs to be approved by the Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals. 

The city-county plan commission will have a public hearing on the application for a “special use” of the site as a charitable institution and veterinary hospital. After the hearing, the commission could give a favorable or unfavorable recommendation to the BZA.

If they get the okay, the sanctuary will be modeled after the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, a sanctuary in Utah.

Grateful Rescue Inc. President Pamela Terhune told the Star Press that the Muncie sanctuary will be unique because of its stress-reducing spaciousness that will let the dogs and cats play outside whenever they please.

She says the Muncie facility will have up to five dogs per room, and each room will have heated floors, bedding, outdoor running space, a porch and an overhead sprinkler system. Cats will have up to 16 per room. Those rooms will have pass-thru door to the outside.

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