DeKalb County Breaks Ground on New Animal Shelter

03/16/16 8:04 pm

DeKalb County Breaks Ground on New Animal Shelter
DECATUR, Ga. –DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May and the Board of Commissioners put shovels to soil today during the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new DeKalb County animal shelter.  

“This facility is going to be an open and inviting place for people and pets.  It will be a place where you want to come to expand your family by adopting a pet,” said Interim CEO May.  “This shelter will be light years ahead of where we are now with our current facility.”

The 33,440 square foot facility will have 12 adoption rooms for dogs and three for cats. 
Healthy Cats will stay in one of three different adoption rooms. The cat cages have glass windows facing the lobby so the public can view them without entering the cat rooms and all the cages have portholes to adjacent cages so that cats can roam from space to space.

The dog rooms have separate air supply systems to control disease and to allow flexibility. Rooms connect directly to enclosed exercise yards and/or indirectly to large exercise fields.

The 1,300 square foot clinic will provide spay and neuter services, as well as a surgery prep room, surgery room, lab area, secure pharmacy storage, and holding areas for dogs and cats slated for surgery.

The construction cost for the facility is $8.6 million dollars and is expected to be completed by March of 2017. 

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(Commissioner Jeff Rader represents District Two on DeKalb County's Board of Commissioners. He was reelected in November of 2010 for another four-year term.)

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