Karissa Mayer, a veterinary technician at Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, drew blood from six puppies who were being fostered. In the past, Mayer would have to send the blood to veterinary clinics to have it tested and wait at least 24 hours for results.

Now, Mayer has the ability to do her own blood tests in Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue’s new intake facility, which is a part of the nonprofit’s expansion.

“Having a facility that reflects the level of care we provide is so important,” Mayer said. “I’m looking forward to having all the medical resources we need in one space. When you have sick puppies coming in, those hours can make a difference.”

Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue completed its approximately 5,000-square-foot intake building in October. The intake building has an area for animals to be vaccinated and tested before being groomed. The building also has 42 kennels so dogs can be isolated. A cat isolation area will temporarily become a surgical suite so the nonprofit can do surgeries in house. The intake building also has a food pantry, kitchen and laundry.

The 4,300-square-foot training facility also has been completed, aside from a few final details such as rubber flooring in the main training room that will be completed in January.