San Luis Obispo County leaders celebrated a milestone for animal providers on Wednesday.
“It has been eight years and coming, it appeared prefer it was by no means going to occur, however I am very excited,” mentioned Lynn Compton, a member of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors.
County leaders unveiled new animal providers full with up to date medical care services, canine runs, out of doors play areas for canines and cats, a rabbit yard and unique animal residing areas.
Additionally they plan to construct a barn within the close to future that can enable them to herald livestock together with small hoofed animals, horses, cattle and pigs.
“It is positively an improve for the animals. When you undergo the power, you will actually see a smile on their face,” mentioned Animal Companies venture supervisor Robert Ruiz.
“That is why I introduced it ahead to place it on the agenda, to take a vote on it and see if we are able to transfer ahead with it,” Compton mentioned.
Compton described the previous animal providers constructing as dilapidated and in dire want of restore.
“It is horrible! The opposite constructing, the roof is open, birds fly within the constructing, there are cracks throughout, the car parking zone is a large number,” Compton mentioned.
Many individuals looking for adoption moved to different shelters close by, and the county is hoping this new constructing will encourage them to undertake from Animal Companies.
“Fortunately, or sadly, it was subsequent to the Woods which is a ravishing facility. So when individuals went to undertake animals they might bypass us on the shelter and they’d go to the Woods,” Compton mentioned.
Though spectacular, the development of the brand new shelter was not simple. A few of the setbacks the county has confronted embody the COVID-19 pandemic, a scarcity of development supplies and personnel, and contract negotiations with all seven cities.
“This animal service facility is about 15,000 sq. toes the place it was about 7,000 sq. toes earlier than,” Ruiz mentioned.
The additional sq. footage permits for higher therapy of animals.
“No homicide shelter. Mainly, we do not euthanize right here except it is an excessive scenario,” Ruiz mentioned.
That means there are quite a lot of animals on the market searching for a house.
“By adopting an animal right here, you’re contributing to the animals in want of houses in our neighborhood,” Ruiz mentioned.
Relying on the dimensions of the animals they’re transporting, this new facility can accommodate round 50 canines and 80 cats.
The brand new shelter is situated on Oklahoma Avenue in San Luis Obispo. Click on right here for extra details about their providers.