Animal Shelter Ribbon Cutting at Hyde Park Road
JEFFERSON CITY - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday morning for the Jefferson City Animal Shelter's new facility. The new facility at 2308 Hyde Park Road is 10,000 square feet - almost double the size of the shelter's old building on Miller Street.
"This has been a long time coming, and I'm so glad this day is finally here and the public can come and enjoy what they helped build," Animal Control Supervisor Karen Jennings said.
Friends of the Jefferson City Animal Shelter started raising money for a new facility in 2007.
"We saw there was a huge need for a new building. So we started having fundraiser after fundraiser," Friends of the Jefferson City Animal Shelter President Jackie Fischer said.
The old building on Miller Street had falling ceiling tile, the floor was breaking apart and there was not enough space for the amount of animals that were constantly taken in.
The total cost of the new shelter is $2,048,000. The facility can house 84 cats and 53 dogs inside, and another 25 dogs in outside cages. Inside the facility is a new surgery room, an isolation area for incoming strays, and meeting rooms for training. There is a courtyard behind the building where the animals are brought to have play time.
The new facility is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.