L.A. Unveils $10 Million Animal Shelter Upgrade

Cats will receive a custom-designed, private area at the facility.

Posted: October 10, 2006, 5 a.m. EST

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Animal control officials in Los Angeles have unveiled a $10 million upgrade to an animal shelter in the city’s Lincoln Heights area. The formerly indoor-only North Central shelter has been dramatically expanded with 45,000 square feet of outdoor space.

The renovated North Central animal shelter now resembles a botanical garden with fountains and greenery. Floors are heated for cool days and an overhead misting system is in place for hot ones.

Cats still reside in kennels in a room, but the shelter says it plans to have the cages removed and the room transformed into a “cattery” with shelving and ramps. As of now, dogs get private cages and the shelter has a free-flight aviary for birds and shaded hutches for rabbits.

There are 176 new 5-by-14-foot kennels, with radiant heat in the concrete floors for cool-weather days, an overhead misting system for hot ones.

On average, dogs and cats stay in city shelters for about a week before they’re returned to their owners, adopted out, transferred to private rescue groups or euthanized, according to the shelter.

The renovations were funded by a 2000 $532 million city bond.

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cheryl    springfield, IL

10/10/2006 6:51:20 PM

It sounds like it will be an awesome upgrade. I volunteer for our local shelter and we used to keep the kittens in cages in the front office. We have built a kitten room where they are free to run and play and they are so much happier. I wish we had more money to completely remodel. That is awesome.

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