54,000 square feet – nearly four times larger than the previous shelter.
Focused effort on “fear-free” housing with separation of species throughout the facility.
Music in all animal holding areas.
Kiosks to view all adoptable pets.
Administrative offices throughout the campus, an area for volunteers, break areas for staff.
Five laundry machines: two for dogs, one for cats, one for clinic, and one for the parvo ward.
Proper HVAC to decrease disease/odor and acoustical designs to decrease noise in animal holding areas.
Natural light exposure in almost all animal areas.
Outdoor play yards for dogs for adopter interactions, volunteer engagement, and daily playgroups.
A 600 square-foot retail store and gift shop.
Features an 8,000 square foot state-of-the-art veterinary clinic (coming soon for public services). Includes a large surgery suite, pre/post operation holding rooms for both shelter and public animals, a hospital/isolation wing for sick and injured pets, a small play yard for these pets so they can go outside, separate exam rooms for dogs and cats, and a beautiful lobby space for appointments. We plan to sell retail in the clinic in the future including flea/tick and heartworm preventative.
Separate entrances for Adoptions (south) and Admissions/Vet Clinic (north).
Outdoor “catios” for access to fresh air for our kitties, including one for FeLV positive cats.
A Community Education Pavilion, with separate exterior entrance, for classes with the public, birthday parties, meetings, and other events.
The Roasterie at KCCAC coffee shop with exterior entrance to service all visitors to the campus, residents, and workers in Swope Park, as well as employees and volunteers at the shelter.
Indoor meet n’ greet rooms and play rooms for dogs and cats.