Dearborn Station Going to Cats and Dogs

The former Amtrak station in Dearborn, Michigan, is being converted into an animal shelter.

Amtrak 4The pet welfare group Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit expects to begin operations there next summer.

It will replace another shelter the group has used for more than 30 years.

Amtrak used the station until December 2014 when the Chicago-Detroit (Pontiac) Wolverine Service trains began stopping at the new John D. Dingell Transit Center.

Officials said renovation of the former Amtrak station into an animal shelter will be done in two steps and cost $5.7 million.

The first stage will involve 10,000 square feet of space, including dog and cat housing, expanded adoption services and a storage area.

The second stage will add 6,000 square feet of space for animal intake and evaluation, medical facilities and administrative space.

The group said it has raised $4.7 million of the money needed to transform the station.

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