NORFOLK- A couple who help to rescue injured and abandoned animals are now able to add a kennel facility southwest of Norfolk that will help with their efforts.
Carl and Tamara Darville sought a zoning change from the Madison County Joint Planning Commission from Rural Residential to Agricultural. They also needed a permit that would enable them to build a 16-kennel building. “Today was a victory for us, we got our permits approved so we are pretty excited to move forward,” Tamara said.
The Darvilles have been operating a nonprofit animal rescue at their property. The couple fully vets, rehabilitates and train the animals and then get them ready for adoption. Along with dogs and cats, they have taken care of horses, owls, ducks, and others.
The Darvilles said one of the purposes of the building is to provide more security for the animals.”Hopefully, by the middle of December, we will have it up where we can start moving animals into it.” The new building is planned to be 40 feet by 60 feet. “We have some very generous donors, which is how we intend to build the building,” Tamara said.
In six years, the couple said they have rescued more than 1,200 animals. Which can be tough when it comes time to say goodbye to them. “We do a lot of crying and saying goodbye is hard, but we know it is our ultimate goal.”
In the end, the couple had to do some extra steps that they weren’t prepared for, but it’s a journey that they were able to get through.
The couple makes sure there are background checks, and home visits so that the rescue animals end up in the right hands.
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