Pontiac – County officers, staff and animal lovers jammed a ribbon-chopping Wednesday for a brand new Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center.
The $15.5 million, 35,400-square-foot facility is geared toward serving to to undertake out annually 1000's of deserted or misplaced canines and cats. The county shelter historically cares for four,000 animals yearly and boasts a life launch of 85 p.c of all canines.
“It’s delicate, however we've got modified the identify from only a shelter to an adoption center – that's the mission,” stated Oakland County Government L. Brooks Patterson on the grand opening of the county’s authorities advanced off Telegraph Street.
The outdated shelter was positioned on Brown Street in Auburn Hills. Patterson stated by shifting it to the center of county authorities buildings in Pontiac, it ought to be simpler to find by residents searching for lacking animals or seeking to take one into their house.
The county has recognized the necessity for a bigger, modern facility for a while however all county capital enchancment initiatives had been placed on maintain following the 2008 recession, Patterson stated. In 2013, director of public providers Mark Newman and others started visiting different animal shelters for concepts to include in Oakland County.
The constructing is cut up into public areas for “Misplaced & Discovered” animals, an Adoption Center and a Group Room for associated pet adoption occasions, akin to an Oct. 14 Bissell Pet Basis’s Empty the Shelters occasion to encourage the general public to undertake canines and cats on the facility. All regular adoption charges -- $136.50 for canines and $57.50 for cats – are dropped through the Oct. 14 occasion.
Each animal adopted from the shelter is spayed or neutered and is updated on all vaccinations.
The shelter has designated medical examination and therapy rooms, a lab, an X-ray machine and, as architect Stephen Auger famous, “principally every thing a hospital has in it.”
“This can be a nice day for the misplaced or stray animal in Oakland County,” Augur stated.
There are spacious, fenced out of doors-areas the place volunteers can play with and train canines in an animal agility course, which resembles a youngsters’s playground. Inside, cats and canines are housed in separate areas to cut back stress and even outfitted with piped-in music. Capability is 150 canines and 140 cats.
“I’m actually impressed with the shelter,” stated Waterford Township Trustee Anthony Bartolotta, considered one of about 100 individuals who attended the ribbon-chopping and toured the ability.
The new shelter is positioned at 1200 N. Telegraph Street, Constructing 42 East. Pet adoption hours are 10 a.m. to five p.m. Monday by Friday and 10 a.m. to four p.m. Saturdays. For extra info name (248) 858-1070 or go to www.OakGov.com/PetAdoption.