On Thursday, January 16, 2020, the Jackson County Board of Supervisors held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10 a.m. to officially open the first phase of the new Jackson County Animal Shelter. Following the ceremony, the shelter staff and volunteers hosted an Open House with special rates and free microchips for every adoption throughout the day.
The new 5,000 square foot Adoption and Administrative building features a bright spacious lobby that can house 30 smaller animals, two visitation rooms, a breakroom, three offices, and 14 dual sided kennels for larger dogs.
An advanced heating and air conditioning system, with Microban® antimicrobial protection, provides quality ventilation to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Additional design elements such as the sanitary flushing trench drainage system, sealed nonporous flooring, and antibacterial kennel panels, will make cleaning and deodorizing easier. Most importantly, the shelter animals will be able to recover more quickly from, and avoid exposure to, common contagious illnesses such as kennel cough and parvo.
The $1.11 million facility took just over a year to construct. It was designed by Burk-Kleinpeter-Lunsford Engineers/Architect, PLLC and the contractor is D.N.P., Inc. The engineering and design of the second phase, which will consist of an adjacent 7500 square foot kennel area, will begin this year.
Special adoption rates for the date of the event:
- Free for cats, kittens and large adult dogs
- $25 for puppies and small dogs
- Free microchips with all adoptions