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The surgery suite is designed with both
high-quality medicine and expanded capacity in mind. A glass operating room with two surgical tables, surrounded by recovery suites, will allow a veterinarian and veterinary technician to safely and efficiently perform 30+ spay and neuter surgeries for the shelter per day. The suite will also be used for other surgical procedures such as dental cleanings, eye surgeries, laceration repairs, and more. 


An on-site medical center will transform how the shelter responds to illness and injury. The shelter veterinarian will have access to an array of diagnostic tools, treatment options, and medications as they support shelter staff with individual cases, as well as "herd health" issues. This will significantly expand the number of animals that can be treated and give them faster access to care. The most complex cases would still be handled by local veterinarians.


Education is the key to change. A classroom will be utilized for partnerships with K-12 schools, colleges, and other non-profits as we work to educate our community about responsible pet ownership and animal welfare issues. This space, along with an adjacent party room (rentable to the public), would also provide space for workshops for adopters and pet owners, training classes, small fundraisers, and even your own kitty or doggie birthday party! 


  • Updated HVAC and mechanical systems requiring minimal maintenance

  • Dedicated air supply and ventilation for isolation areas prevent transmission of airborne disease

  • Improved plumbing system with high-pressure water supply and appropriate floor-drains

  • Separate entrances for cats, dogs, and sick animals

  • Seamless, slip-resistant epoxy flooring

  • Easy to clean housings and fixtures for efficient use of staff time

  • Skylights and windows provide natural light (critical in the event of a power outage during surgery)

  • Capacity for temporarily housing animals during an emergency or natural disaster

  • Large classroom and conference room with view into surgery suite for teaching purposes

  • Party room, available for rent to the public, provides additional revenue for programs

  • Dedicated portrait studio for photography of adoptable animals

  • Programs and fundraising office to house the Friends organization, allowing for continued support of the shelter and their goals

  • Shelter office enables one manager to operate in each building to best support all aspects of care

  • Public safety office is a hub for animal control officers from all three cities

  • Dedicated volunteer headquarters for expansion of volunteer programs, including phone support away from the front counter

  • Ample storage for off-site adoption supplies and other critical equipment

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  • Side-by-side operating tables and anesthesia machines support high-volume spay/neuter 

  • Surgical monitors , IV fluids, circulating water heaters, and other equipment for minimizing risk during surgery

  • Wet table doubles as surgery prep area and a dentistry station

  • Separate canine and feline recovery suites allow animals to wake up from anesthesia in a comfortable environment 

  • Glass operating room offers constant sight line between surgeon, technician, and all post-surgical, recovering animals

  • Ample space for laboratory equipment, washing and sterilizing surgical packs, and storage of animal care supplies

  • Veterinarian's office provides space for charting and preparing discharge instructions and medications

  • Crash cart available in the rare event of an emergency

  • Exam table and diagnostic tools, including microscope, centrifuge, x-ray machine, and ultrasound, for diagnosing sick or injured animals

  • Secure drug safe protects pharmaceuticals

  • Canine and feline isolation suites, along with an outdoor patio for dogs, giving sick animals a place to recover

  • Separate building entry points and food preparation stations to reduce risk of contamination

  • Quiet space for injured animals and for housing wildlife awaiting transport to rehab

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