Expanded, renovated animal shelter


Work on the $1.6 million renovation and expansion of the county's 1970s-era animal shelter on Davis Road, near Howard High School, began in September 2004, when the staff and animals were moved into three large modular trailers, where they spent the next year.

The work took longer than expected, and the animals could not be moved back to a new, 50 percent-larger facility until this fall. But there is plenty to show for the wait.

Gone are the water-stained ceiling tiles, rusting window frames and worn walls and equipment. The renovated building has 18 new dog runs; a larger cat room, with 34 more cages; a room for exotic animals; a waiting room; a classroom for training and community meetings; a lunchroom for workers; a new visiting area and a new quarantine area.

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