TARP moving to new home

Published 3:00 am Friday, June 19, 2015

The Troy Animal Rescue Project will soon have a new home.

With the approval of a special request to allow for the operation of a dog boarding, dog adoption and retail store, Tiffany Howington, founder and president of TARP, said the nonprofit organization will be able to house a maximum of 25 dogs at a boarding facility

Howington said this facility, which will be located at 605 North Three Notch St., would be the first true pet boarding facility in Troy as many people currently rely on the city’s veterinary clinics for boarding their furry family members as well as dogs that are looking for a new home. She received approval for the project from the Troy Board of Adjustments during a meeting on Thursday.

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“Right now the only option in Troy is to board dogs at our vet clinics, which is a good option except it’s like renting a hotel room at a hospital,” Howington said. “There are sicknesses coming in and out of vets offices.”

The facility will serve as more than a pet boarding business, though. Howington said the organization plans to utilize the facility for housing the organization’s rescue dogs and the organization will also sell pet items out of the store. Funds from all the projects will used to run the organization and the facility, she said.

“The boarding facility will pay the rent on the building as well as any expenses,” Howington said. “TARP will use the building for free, the boarding facility will pay all the bills.”

The main purpose of the facility would be for the adoption of TARP’s rescue dogs, and Howington said for the last year that’s been her biggest push to get the boarding facility up and running.

“TARP has been looking for quite a while for a building that we can use as an adoption center,” Howington said. “It’ll also be a constant funding source for TARP because a percentage of the proceeds will go toward TARP. It’ll also take away most of our boarding costs. We spend anywhere from $700 to $1,000 a month boarding dogs at vet clinics because we don’t have the place to put them.”

Howington said the business should be open within the next few months.

In other items of business, the Board of Adjustments approved a setback variance for Willie Toney who plans to place a portable carport in his front yard at 505 Martin Luther King Ave., a variance with stipulations to allow for a rear dwelling to be constructed for Grady Post and his wife at 104 W. Forest Ave. and a front-yard setback variance to allow for conformity between two lots at 122 Prospect Ridge Road for Prospect Ridge, LLC., who was represented at the meeting by Walter Stell.