The Lawrence Humane Society’s campaign to raise millions of dollars to construct a new animal shelter is moving forward slower than planned, though shelter leaders indicate they could reach their fundraising goal soon.

When the public portion of the campaign launched in April, the goal was to finish raising the money by the end of 2017. As of Friday afternoon, leaders at the animal shelter had not announced completion of the campaign but said in a statement to the Journal-World they expect to make an announcement in coming weeks.

“As of January 5, 2018, the Lawrence Humane Society is in the process of completing fundraising efforts for its capital campaign to build a new animal shelter,” read a statement provided by Meghan Scheibe, director of development and marketing. “The shelter is currently in the process of year-end financial reconciliations, and looks forward to sharing an updated total — and some exciting news — with the local community later this month.”

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