FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- The Nassau Humane Society is a no-kill shelter stuffed to the brim, and it's become an unfit environment for the animals.
The building is more than 40 years old. Much of it was designed to be temporary.
The life of a shelter animal is never easy, but at the Nassau Humane Society, there's too much added stress for the animals.
"We operate with outdoor dog kennels. Our cattery is actually an old trailer that's literally falling apart in pieces," said executive director Brandy Carvalho.
Plywood covers holes in the walls. There's no heat in the winter or a/c in the summer.
And there's no more room.
"We work really hard to make sure that the animals get the best of care so they certainly are never at risk or at harm but it does mean we can accommodate less animals," she said.
Carvalho and her team reached out to the community and city to raise money to build a new facility.
So far, donations have hit $1.5 million. But they need $500,000 more to make the new design a reality. And the clock is ticking.
"We know that we could be doing a lot more for the animals," she said.
Carvalho says each day that ticks by in this facility is risky. Lives are on the line. She's pleading for help for the sake of finding the animals real homes.
"In our current faculty it's stressful, they can be unhappy, so their real personalities don't shine, which can effect their adoption rates," she said.
The goal right now is to open the new facility by next summer. Here's how to donate.