The grand opening celebration of the Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center, located at 480 Cinnabar Road in Christiansburg, Va., will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 10 a.m.
The community is invited to attend. The ceremony will include remarks from the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, as well as both citizen and volunteer supporters and recognition of local K-9 Units, followed by a ribbon cutting, fun activities for all ages, and tours of the new community facility.
Parking for the event will be located at the Frog Pond, 390 Cinnabar Road. Due to limited parking, we ask that attendees please consider carpooling. Two shuttle vans, courtesy of Montgomery County Parks and Recreation, will be available to shuttle attendees from the Frog Pond, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
With a primary goal of education, adoption, and community engagement, the new facility features a meeting room for community events and activities; health and wellness clinics for both cats and dogs; dedicated areas for dogs; and for the first time ever, an area dedicated to cats. As a result, those seeking to adopt pets can now visit the facility to give either a dog or a cat a forever home.
"This has been a project near and dear to my heart for nearly two decades," said Board member Mary Biggs. "I'm honored to have been a part of the design of the center and to have helped facilitate the true mission and intent of this project – a place for adoptable cats and dogs to find care, aid, and forever homes, as well as a pleasant and welcoming resource for our community."
With its mission of fostering a culture of compassion within the community by providing health services, education, and recreational opportunities, the Animal Care and Adoption Center is offering an expanded space for both dogs and cats as well as expanded hours of operation for those who wish to adopt a cat or dog, or to volunteer at the facility.
"Caring for animals and creating an opportunity for the community to get involved is something the Friends of Animal Care and Control organization has been dedicated to for more than a decade. This new Animal Care and Adoption Center has become a worthwhile and necessary movement with Montgomery County," said Jason Shelter, founding member of FACC and longtime supporter.
"I'm proud to have been along for this journey from idea to reality," said Shelton.
"We rely on individuals and groups to help us through volunteering at the Center as well as product and monetary donations in the work we do on a daily basis," said Eileen Mahan, Executive Director of the Animal Care and Adoption Center. “In addition to our services related to animal care, my hope is that more people will continue to see the new Center as a destination place and community engagement, educational experiences, and volunteer opportunities will continue to increase."
Nearly half of all operations of the new facility is provided through donations. Each day many volunteers assist with the daily operations be it walking dogs, feeding the animals, bathing them, or even doing laundry and greeting guests.
"I first starting coming to the animal shelter in 2013 to walk dogs after a friend invited me," said Michele Lewis, longtime volunteer and now a member of the FACC Board. "Once I got there, it was easy for me to fall in love with helping and caring for homeless animals. These dogs really just want to be loved," said Lewis.
"There are so many opportunities to help at the new facility – from walking the dogs, to bathing them, and from doing laundry to helping with those who may need to surrender their pet or to the joyous occasions of helping with pet adoptions. Now, with the addition of caring for cats, there’s a whole new experience to learn for all involved! I do believe the new Animal Care and Adoption Center will offer our community several advantages and opportunities," said Lewis.
Prompted by a needs assessment, feasibility and building program study by Shelter Planners of America, in 2009, the foundation for the new 16,300-square-foot facility with 12,600 square feet enclosed and a 3,700 square foot covered space was set into motion. A call for proposals was made following approval to proceed with the facility by the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors in May 2015. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in December 2015 and construction was completed in April 2017.
Avis Construction Company, Inc., of Roanoke, Va., was the lowest bidder of 10 companies that submitted proposals and was awarded the contract with a negotiated cost of $3.7 million. Thompson & Litton, located in Radford, Va., and Shelter Planners of America oversaw the architectural and design of the facility. In addition, both a citizen advocate and the Friends of Animal Care and Control (FACC), a volunteer group who has been a longtime partner of Montgomery County and supporter of an updated facility, participated in the design of the new Animal Care and Adoption Center.