Animal programs

Renovations at Richardson Animal Shelter will improve kennels

Renovations are set to begin June 13 at the Richardson Animal Sanctuary to improve the shelter’s kennels. (Jackson King/Community Impact Journal)

Renovations are set to begin June 13 at the Richardson Animal Sanctuary to improve the shelter’s kennels.

The shelter, which is run by the city’s Department of Animal Services, was first opened in 2001 at 1330 Columbia Drive, Richardson. The shelter uses chain-linked kennels for its canine areas, which was standard when the shelter was built but has worn out over the years, said Noura Jammal, manager of the Richardson animal shelter.

“Chain links are notorious for rusting and starting to fall apart,” Jammal said. “Dogs tend to bite on it so it warps over time. We tried to fix it here and there but thought we needed a major overhaul.

The animal shelter renovation efforts were approved under the 2015 bond program. The animal shelter renovations were included in the $67 million committed to public buildings in the 2015 bond. were also used for the renovation of the city’s public safety campus, which includes both the police station and the No. 1 fire station.

Shelter renovations will include removal of existing chain link kennel enclosures, installation of modern kennel enclosures with dog doors/frames, installation of acoustic panels, painting of suite walls of kennels and the installation of a new epoxy flooring system. The new kennel suites are designed to offer barless animal viewing.

Jammal said the renovations should start with indoor kennels for adoptable dogs. Once this area is complete, the shelter will replace the chain-link fence in its outdoor space before finally replacing the stray dog ​​houses. The work should last until the beginning of September

During this time, the shelter will work with local shelters and rescue groups to help make up for lost kennel space, Jammal said.

“We understand that stray animals are coming, so we’re going to have to find a place to put them until their owner can pick them up,” she said. “But for adoptable dogs, I would like them to find foster homes or be adopted so they don’t have to be here during a stressful situation.”

To make room for renovations, the animal shelter is offering free adoption for all dogs until June 11. Traditionally, an adoption for dogs over six months old costs $25, while a puppy adoption costs $35 each. The center is waiving fees to try to get as many animals adopted as possible. Animal services officials said residents wishing to adopt will still need proof of vaccination or rabies for each animal.

The shelter has 18 dogs available for adoption, according to Jammal.

The animal shelter is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. 972-744-4480.