El Dorado County Animal Services invites community members to a special grand opening celebration for its new Animal Services shelter facility. The celebration event will be held on Sunday, March 29, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the new shelter location, 6435 Capitol Avenue in Diamond Springs. The event will include tours of the facility, animal demonstrations, educational booths from animal welfare groups, face-painting, refreshments and more.
“We are extremely thankful for everyone who has supported this effort,” said Henry Brzezinski, Chief Animal Services Officer. “The shelter project was truly a collaborative effort and a joint venture between the County, animal welfare partners and community members.”
Construction on the facility began in March 2014 and was completed ahead of schedule in October 2014. The $5.7 million project was funded by the County’s General Fund and Tobacco Settlement dollars. Local animal welfare groups and citizens also helped raise funds to help pay for equipment and other items for the facility. The former non-profit PAWED (People for Animal Welfare in El Dorado County), raised over $250,000 for the project through their Finishing Touches campaign. Those funds were used to purchase equipment for the shelter’s new surgical and grooming rooms, the barn, housing units for the cat adoption area, k-9 turf and shade sails for one of the dog exercise yards, and other items.
The new shelter facility houses lost and abandoned cats, dogs, livestock and small animals. It features new adoption areas and places to visit with the animals, a barn, pasture areas for livestock and secure fenced exercise areas for the dogs. A public counter helps residents with business needs, such as getting and renewing licenses and permits.
The facility’s normal hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for business needs, and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday for shelter services (such as adoptions and reclaiming lost pets). For questions about the celebration event, or for general Animal Services information, please call (530) 621-5795 or visit www.edcgov.us/animalservices.
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