Kalamazoo County opens new animal shelter

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Dog and cat lovers rejoice: Kalamazoo County opened a new animal shelter.

Kalamazoo County Animal Services and Enforcement Department opened Tuesday its new, 16,510 square feet shelter at 1316 Lamont Street in Kalamazoo.

The new facility can house up to 106 dogs and 74 cats at a time, according to a news release from Kalamazoo County.

Officials say the shelter features a veterinary exam and treatment room, a grooming room, outdoor exercise areas, a food preparation room and two group cat rooms.

In addition, the county says the shelter has a new HVAC system that circulates fresh air eight times every hour and a wing dedicated to adoption services. The shelter has office hours on Saturday, the county said.

Officials say the shelter cost about $4.8 million to construct. Crews started building the new facility in August 2018.

The new facility replaces the 6,000 square feet shelter that was built in 1984. Officials say the old shelter was outdated and didn’t have enough space to accommodate the more than 3,000 animals it served each year. 

The shelter will have an open house between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 23.

*Editor’s note: This post has been updated to clarify the shelter opened Tuesday.

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