Humane Society of the Black Hills is moving forward with installation of new HVAC system

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The Humane Society of the Black Hills is finally getting a new HVAC system.

Temperatures on the adoption floor can reach into the 80s in the summer months.

The Humane Society has been fundraising for the last two years to pay for the $300,000 replacement. They are currently two-thirds of the way there, but just signed a contract with Tessier's to go ahead with the installation because they don't think they can wait any longer.

"It's hot and moist back there right now, it's not the best living conditions,” said Jerry Steinley, the Resource Development Director at the Humane Society of the Black Hills. “And it’s not the best working condition for the employees so this will get that temperature moderated, get the moisture out of the air so it's going to be a good environment, especially for the public who comes in and sees all the animals."

The board is exploring options to raise the last $100,000 they need for the replacement, but they have a maintenance fund they are considering using. However, they are still taking donations, and encourage them.

Installation will begin on Sept.11 and is expected to take 5 weeks to complete.