New Shelter Progress
MCACC New Shelter Progress
In 2018 Montgomery County realized that the current shelter located at 616 N. Spring St. was facing many challenges from overcrowding, which was leading to increased health concerns for animals in our care as well as increased euthanasia rates. The current shelter was also suffering from a poor air quality system and building maintenance issues from leaky roofs to crumbling kennel walls. After the arrival of current Director Dave Kaske it was determined that Montgomery County Animal Care and Control was in serious need of a new, state of the art shelter to ensure the welfare of our animals as well as achieve the ultimate goal of MCACC, which is to become a “No Kill” shelter.
In 2019 the Best Friends Humane Society as well as the University of Florida both conducted shelter assessments of MCACC. Those assessments further confirmed the need for a new shelter that met the current minimum shelter standards for kennel size, cleaning protocols, air quality systems, and to achieve the goal of becoming a “No Kill” shelter. The 2019 Fiscal Budget saw the introduction of capital funds to purchase the necessary property to sustain a new shelter and the search quickly began.
Currently MCACC is focusing on a few properties that meet their needs as well as remain within their fiscal budget limits. The goal of MCACC is to find a property and location that proves to be fiscally responsible to the citizens of Montgomery County and achieve their ultimate goal.
Preliminary Shelter Design
A “footprint” design was created by local architect, Jon Clark, to develop a starting point to achieve the goal of finding property to sustain the future of MCACC and Montgomery Counties future growth. The current foot print design incorporates features necessary to improved animal health and welfare and improved processes.
The proposed shelter will have essential designs that were deemed necessary to sustain the goal of becoming a “No Kill” shelter and improving the herd health of animals in our care. Some key design features of the proposed shelter will include an open and inviting floor plan and main entrance area with adoptable animals on display, large community cat room with catio, indoor/outdoor stray and adoptable dog kennels allowing for natural light and more efficient cleaning, outdoor turfed exercise yards, in house veterinary surgery suite and clinic to perform in house spay/neuter surgeries and low cost spay/neuter for our community.