5/12/2015 - New Animal Care and Adoption Center
The Board of Supervisors approved construction of a $4.3 million Animal Care and Adoption Center to replace the 1970s-era block masonry facility that currently only houses dogs. The Board approved the appropriation on May 11.

“It is long overdue. I’m just extremely proud of our Board for moving forward on this project,” said Board Vice Chair Mary Biggs, who has been a proponent of a new facility since her first term began in 1996, and who has been an active participant in the design process for the new facility.

The 12,000-square-foot facility will be constructed on five acres along Cinnabar Road near the County’s Frog Pond recreational area, and will be visible to travelers along U.S. 460 between Christiansburg and Blacksburg. The new center’s primary goal is to increase animal adoptions by expanding visitation and maximizing visibility through attractive design, in a setting where prospective pet owners will be able to visit dogs in an outdoor courtyard and cats in the community room. Through partnerships with local animal groups and a cadre of volunteers, the center will emphasize increasing adoptions and returning pets to their owners.

Radford-based architectural firm Thompson & Litton, teaming with Shelter Planners of America, recently completed the architectural and design aspects of the building, which will have the capacity to house 56 dogs and 64 cats. The new adoption center plans began to take shape when Shelter Planners completed the needs assessment, feasibility and building program study in 2009 that recommended replacing the antiquated and substandard County facility.

As a result of last night’s Board action, the construction drawings and specifications will now be completed and the project will be advertised for bids in mid-August. The preliminary schedule calls for the successful bidder to begin construction in October and take about a year to complete.

Jason Shelton, President of the Friends of Animal Care and Control (FACC), the volunteer group which has advocated for a new facility for many years, brought the issues learned from his group’s experience in working in the current facility by actively participating in the design of the new facility. “We are so excited we can’t stand it,” Shelton said. “We are on cloud nine.”

“It’s been a long journey,” said Board Chair Bill Brown. “I’m just so happy that we’re here and I’ll be really happy when we have a ribbon-cutting and see the new facility in operation.”

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