12/1/2015 - Animal care center groundbreaking is Dec. 15
The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 15 at 1:30 p.m. for the new Animal Care and Adoption Center at 480 Cinnabar Road.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to carpool. There will be vans at the Frog Pond parking lot, 390 Cinnabar Road, to shuttle visitors to the construction site starting at 1 p.m.

The 16,300-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. There will be 12,600 square feet enclosed and 3,700 square feet covered space. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2016.

The new center’s primary goal is to increase animal adoptions by expanding visitation and maximizing visibility through attractive design, in a recreational 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 volunteers, the center will emphasize increasing adoptions and returning pets to their owners. The facility is intended to serve as a recreational destination where people can volunteer to walk the dogs, care for the cats or just visit with the animals. In addition to areas for strays and adoptions, the center will include clinical and office spaces, including public classrooms and meeting areas.

The Board of Supervisors approved construction of the new facility this past May. The center will replace the 1970s-era block masonry facility that currently only houses dogs.

Avis Construction Company Inc. of Roanoke was recently awarded the building contract, which was negotiated to a cost of $3.7 million. Avis was the lowest bidder among 10 companies submitting proposals.

Radford-based architectural firm Thompson & Litton, teaming with Shelter Planners of America, is overseeing the architectural and design aspects of the building, which will have the capacity to house 68 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 current antiquated and substandard facility.

“It’s been a long journey,” said Board Chair Bill Brown. “I’ll be really happy when we see the new facility in operation.”

“I’m just extremely proud of our Board and our citizens who have supported moving forward on this project,” said Board Vice Chair Mary Biggs, who has actively participated in the design process. “It’s our goal to find a responsible pet owner for every adoptable pet.”

The Friends of Animal Care and Control (FACC), the volunteer group which has advocated for a new facility for many years, also participated in the new facility’s design.

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