El Dorado County Animal Services is pleased to announce the opening of the County's new Animal Services shelter facility. The new facility, located at 6435 Capitol Avenue in Diamond Springs, will officially open its doors on October 16, 2014, and serve residents on the west slope of the County. The Animal Services' business office at the facility will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Shelter services, including adoptions and kennel access, will be available Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
"We couldn't be more thrilled to see the new facility project completed," said Henry Brzezinski, Chief of Animal Services. "We want to thank everyone who supported this effort, especially the County Board of Supervisors and the Chief Administrative Office. We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our community members and animal welfare partners. The new facility will be a great place to proudly serve our residents and to care for animals in need in our County."
The new Animal Services facility will house lost, abandoned and abused animals, including cats, dogs, livestock and small animals. It will also include adoption areas, quarantine areas to safely house sick and injured animals, a barn, pasture areas for livestock and exercise runs for dogs. A public counter will be available for business services, such as obtaining and renewing permits and licenses.
Animal Services staff and volunteers expect to move the animals and most items from their old facility buildings in Placerville between October 12 and 15. During the move dates, Animal Services will only be open for essential services such as receiving stray animals and allowing owners to reclaim their pets. Animal Services is requesting that residents please hold off on visiting the new facility until October 16 or later. "It's going to take us a few days to move everything and settle in, so we appreciate everyone's patience," said Brzezinski. "Our phone line will still be active."
According to Brzezinski, staff and volunteers are greatly anticipating the move into the new facility. "The new facility will bring a much more efficient and consumer friendly setting," said Brzezinski. "For over seven years, our Animal Services shelter and business offices were located in two separate, temporary buildings at 415 and 511 Placerville Drive. The public had to seek services in two different buildings. Our old shelter had very limited public parking and no room for livestock or areas to properly exercise animals. Our new facility will not only allow us to better house and care for the animals, but it will also be a much nicer place for us to assist the public and for community members to come, visit and adopt animals. It will also be a much more inviting environment for our volunteers."
Construction on the new facility began in March 2014 and was completed ahead of schedule. Funding for the $5.7 million shelter project came from the County's General Fund and Tobacco Settlement dollars. Local animal welfare groups and citizens also helped raise funds to purchase some needed equipment and other enhancements for the project.
Special appreciation is given to PAWED (People for Animal Welfare in El Dorado County), a local non-profit, and its supporters who raised over $200,000 through the organization's "Finishing Touches" campaign. "Our PAWED supporters were amazing and stepped forward to help with funds for this important project," said Barbara Lee, Coordinator of the PAWED campaign. Funds raised by PAWED were used to purchase equipment for the shelter's new surgical and grooming rooms, the new barn, turf and shade structures for the dog exercise areas, special cat housing units for the cat adoption area and other needed items.
Animal Services plans to host a grand opening celebration and open house in a couple of months, according to Brzezinski. Details will be shared with members of the public and agency partners as soon as they are available. For questions about the move, or for general Animal Services information, please call (530) 621-5795 or visit www.edcgov.us/animalservices
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