The Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary in Georgetown is looking to expand the first no-kill animal shelter in Sussex County.
The 13-thousand-square-foot shelter is located on a 13-acre site along Shingle Point Road.
It is competing for the animal-control contract with Sussex County to round up stray dogs and inspect kennels throughout the county.
The contract is worth $600-thousand and is currently held by the Kent County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The expansion would allow Safe Haven to accommodate more animals reducing the likelihood of euthanization.
Lois Fargo, founding member of the shelter and board member of Safe Haven, told the Wilmington News Journal that the organization wants to end euthanization of orphaned animals throughout the state and the nation.