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With Kashian Donation, New Animal Shelter Eyes April Opening

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Stitch, with his humans — Mayor Jerry Dyer and Diane Dyer. (GV Wire/Albert Baker)
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Was it a news conference called by the mayor with his dog? Or did Stitch call a news conference at the site of the new city animal shelter with his human, Mayor Jerry Dyer?

Either way, the pair shared good news — real estate development firm Kashian Enterprises donated $25,000 to help the future of Fresno’s strays.

“We will care for these animals as if they are our own,” Dyer said. The animal shelter, across the street on the north end of Fresno Yosemite International Airport, is scheduled for a soft open by April 1.

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Caring for 15,000 Animals

The $22 million, five-acre facility’s official public opening is expected by July. Dyer anticipates a six-month transition to get everything up and running. The shelter is expecting to take 10,000 to 15,000 animals a year — dogs, cats, horses, and others.

Dyer is seeking adoption partners to keep animals alive.

“We’re also going to make sure that we do everything that we possibly can to avoid any type of euthanasia with our animals,” Dyer said.

The city is asking for donations to help with the operation and maintenance, which is expected to run $7 million a year.

Dyer estimates 57 employees at the new facility. Currently, the city has contracted with SPCA.

From left to right: Coco and Councilman Garry Bredefeld; Stitch and Mayor Jerry Dyer; Tracy Kashian and Asher; Councilmen Mike Karbassi and Luis Chavez. (GV Wire/Albert Baker)

Kashian Loves Dogs

For Tracy Kashian, representing her family’s company, dogs are an important part of her life. She had Asher, a well-behaved black Labrador, at her side.

“It’s important for our community to take care of our animals who can’t speak for themselves. But we know that they’re out there and we know that they need help. So Kashian Enterprises is very passionate about this issue, and we hope we are just one of the first of many to donate,” she said.

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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