Home sweet home. That's probably what almost 40 animals are thinking now that they are inside the brand new shelter.
"We're open for business," said City of Lubbock Animal Services Director Martha Ellerbrook.
Janice and Roger Pamperin are looking for a new family member. They are among the first to adopt from the new shelter.
"It's nice and really beautiful," said Janice Pamperin about the shelter. It's a completely different site from the old facility. "The other facility is depressing. When you went in you felt bad and here you feel good," said Pamperin's husband Roger.
Ellerbrook says there are about 40 adoptable animals folks can choose from in the new shelter. "We want to do the best we can for the animals. We started with adoption animals because those are the ones we have monitored for quite some time and they are ready for a new owner."
Eventually, the other animals will move into the multi-million dollar facility. The next group of animals to move in will be the ones with traceable identification. Right now, quarantine animals and those without identification will stay at the old facility. It's an effort to make sure all the healthy animals stay well.
"You don't want to box yourself in and say close in 90 days. It is going to depend on the load and what animals we are bringing in and if they are healthy," said Ellerbrook.
There are still a few areas of the building under construction. Crews are working to improve two areas where people can bring cats and dogs to play to see if they would fit in their family.
"I like the big ones better than the little ones," said Haylee Morin. She and her mom, Celeste, came to the shelter to look for a new dog.
"It's a lot nicer and bigger and the dogs seem to like it better," said Celeste Morin.
"We're bringing animals in on a daily basis," said Ellerbrook.
The Pamperins filled out the paperwork and decided to take a kitten home.
If you are looking for your lost animal or interested in adopting one you can do so at the new facility at 3511 SE Loop 289.
The old facility at 401 N. Ash Avenue will also remain open temporarily.