City Council approves Animal Shelter expansion 6-0 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

City Council approves Animal Shelter expansion 6-0

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Lubbock City Council has voted 6-0 to approve an expansion to the Lubbock Animal Shelter.

Officials with Animal Services have said since its opening that the new facility is not large enough.

This resolution authorized a $56,574 contract between the city and Stiles, Wallace and Associates, for engineering services regarding design, plans and estimates for an expansion.

The 4,530 square foot addition in the northwest corner of the shelter on 3323 South East Loop would include three canine stray holding bays and one clean room. The resolution estimates the entire project would cost $750,000.

Officials with the animal shelter hope this addition will allow them to close the old shelter on North Ash Avenue.

When the doors opened in 2011, shelter employees knew their kittens and canines would be cramped. Because space was so limited, the old facility couldn't shut down. Shelter Supervisor, Shawn Byrd says their staff was cut in half.

"We knew it wasn't going to be large enough. It was basically cut in two. It will be great to get that reunited, it's been a logistical nightmare," Byrd said.

Shelter staff hopes for new stray holding facilities and they hope that their adoption rates will rise.

"When we're pulling in 20 to 30 dogs a day and our cages are already full. It's not fair to cram them in. A lot of people think the shelter is full of unwanted problem animals, and it's not," Byrd said.

Darian Loa is one women who didn't let the stray stigma stop her. She adopted her second shelter pet on Wednesday.

"It's been an amazing journey so far and I'm on my second dog - second journey," Loa said.

Loa's convinced that her new four-legged friend knows exactly what's going on.

"She knows she's going home to a good family," Loa said

Despite recent criticism, Byrd says that adoption is the shelter's main goal and this addition will only help.

"There's nothing wrong with shelter dogs. They've fallen on hard times just like everyone else," Byrd said.

Byrd says many of the animals displaced by the shelter have been claimed by their owners.

The shelter staff has contacted the owners of those pets who were tagged or microchipped, but sadly, many have chosen to leave their animals at the shelters.

Pets without identification will be held for three days and those with have ten business days before they are euthanized.

Animal Shelter Hours of Operation:

3323 SE Loop 289
Hours of Public Operation
Mon through Fri: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (adoptions, redemptions, receiving cats, traps)
Saturday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (all site services)
Closed Sundays and Holidays

401 N Ash Ave
Hours of Public Operation
Tues through Fri: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. (all site services)
Saturday: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (all site services)
Closed Sunday & Monday and Holidays

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