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Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control Opens

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--It's finally a done deal today cedar rapids animal care and control moved into their brand new building after five years of using a temporary space.

More than 200 people came out to celebrate today's grand opening. Among them two young siblings who say every stray dog or cat deserves a loving home.

Dylan and Jordin Gaeta are on a mission...

"All these animals have been rescued. I feel sorry for some and then I feel happy that they are going to have a new home, Dylan said.

So far, they say they've fallen for just about every single pet at Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control.

"I think it teaches them that responsibility as far as we've talked about the abandoned animals and the strays, said their aunt Mary Kaye Nath.

For almost 54 years now, the facility has been a temporary shelter for animals in need of a permanent home, but much like the animals it helps...the shelter has been working toward a permanent home since the floods of 2008...that changes today...

"It is the first time in the history of Cedar Rapids that we have had an animal shelter that was built specifically with the animal's care and needs in mind, said program manager Diane Webber.

The new building costs nearly five million dollars with a million coming from FEMA and the remainder from the city's local options sales tax.

"The building has been in the planning stages for about the last three years, Webber said.

Dylan says coming here to adopt a pet is a way to show  that people do care...

"All dogs and cats should be treated as fairly as you would treat your mom or your dad or your younger sister--anybody in your family, he said.

The festivity doesn't end today. Next Saturday is Paws for the Holiday fundraiser for Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control. Right here is a link to the event.
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