NASCAR driver Greg Biffle sees the south Iredell animal shelter he plans to build as sanctuary for cats and dogs.
This shelter won't euthanize them. Chances are, the animals will find new homes.
Friends of the Animals, a nonprofit group chaired by Biffle and his wife, Nicole, announced plans recently to build the 1.5-acre no-kill animal and education center in the planned $800million Langtree at the Lake community, off Interstate 77 Exit 31.
The center will include a low-cost spay and neuter clinic and will house up to 150 animals at a time. The 60 cats and 90 dogs will be available for adoption.
The center, expected to open within about two years, will be available to churches, community groups and the public for birthday parties and meetings.
Langtree's developers, including Rick Howard, CEO of The Langtree Group, are allowing Friends of the Animals to use green space in the development for a community dog park and walking trails.
"Friends of the Animals searched for several years to find a location that would be easy for the public to access," Nicole Biffle said in announcing the plans March 26. "If the location is easy and friendly, we know it will increase adoptions and spay/neuters for the animals."
Nicole Biffle is president of the Friends of the Animals' board or directors.
Langtree at the Lake will include lakeside condominiums, village-center lofts, specialty shops and boutiques, restaurants, small cafés and Class A office space.
The development will have 40 acres of green space, including 21/2 miles of walking trails around a manmade lake and more than a mile of Lake Norman shoreline.