VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Virginia Beach's Hope for Life Rescue must make extensive modifications to their facility to keep up with new state laws governing the operation of animal shelters.
The facility must create a foyer, update their office space with no roaming animals, offer completely separate facilities for the cats and dogs, have electrical work done and put in a new AC system.
Estimated cost for the entire project is $39,000 to $46,000.
Hope for Life met with a representative from the Department of Agriculture in August and will soon be receiving a letter giving a specific date the upgrades must be completed. If they are not completed they will face a daily fine of $250 until it is complete.
If they do get the funding for the renovations, they will be losing about 40 percent of the space used for their cats. Hope for Life has already stopped cat intake until they are at a comfortable level.
Cushman said, "Now we need like $8,000-10,000 to get across that finish line."
Hope for Life does not receive any federal or state funding, and if they do not raise enough funds they will be forced to close.