Meeting on Monday for new animal shelter
by TP staff
May 09, 2013 | 1724 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The building of a new animal shelter in Tracy will be discussed at a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, in City Hall’s second-floor Room 203.

The one-hour meeting is an opportunity for residents to learn about what is anticipated to be built on the southwest corner of Paradise and Grant Line roads.

The shelter at 370 Arbor Road was built in the 1970s and is showing its age, according to Ben Miller, animal shelter supervisor.

“This building has outlived its life expectancy in size and physical condition,” Miller said. “The age of the building has created challenges.”

The 4,200-square-foot facility housed 946 cats and 1,112 dogs during 2012.

The shelter has 20 dog kennels, with an additional three quarantine cages, and 24 cat cages.

The new shelter — expected to be built in two phases — will initially provide a 6,000-square-foot building with 32 dog kennels.

Miller said he visited animal shelters all over Northern California to see modern designs.

“The bells and whistles of an animal shelter aren’t fancy tile floors and light fixtures — they are durable, long-lasting finishes that promote animal health,” he said. “We’re looking forward to modernizing with a more pleasant atmosphere for people to visit.”

Miller said there is a great deal of community interest in the shelter, and Monday’s meeting will be a chance to see some of the ideas for the new facility.

A representative of Hammond & Playle Architects, the designer, will be at the meeting to answer questions.

The new shelter is still in the conceptual phase and no blueprints have been made.

Miller said no date has been scheduled for the start of construction and he could not say how long the work should take, but the shelter is expected to be open by the fall of 2014.

He also said there is no timeline for the second phase of the shelter, which will be determined by future needs.

“We want to be able to logically add on as the population grows,” Miller said.

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