During a special meeting on Feb. 25, the Board of County Supervisors reaffirmed its commitment to building the “Option C” version of the animal shelter, approved in 2017 and originally scheduled to open this year. Issues in the design process led to construction bids that are over the $15.1M project budget. A recently completed value engineering process would scale back some features, but allow construction to commence this year. The revised plan would still result in a 27,200-square-foot facility that fully meets all state and local requirements and be in full compliance with Association of Shelter Veterinarians standards.
The Board requested that the County Executive research how to construct Option C as originally designed. Supervisor Boddye requested that the potential for public/private partnership be included in the report. The current 6,646 square-foot shelter, built in 1975 and expanded in 1990, and receives 85,000 visitors and 4,100 animals per year. We will continue to share news and updates here, and you can follow a timeline on the County website.