Stafford’s new Animal Shelter is designed to enhance the lives of animals giving them an improved chance at adoption, and in turn, adding positive additions to the families in the area. Gone are the days of concrete block buildings with no natural spaces. Soothing colors, lots of glass and abundant outdoor space greets visitors and animals in the new shelter, which triples the space of the previous circa-1991 shelter. Stafford will debut the shelter’s opening at a ribbon-cutting and public tour on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the shelter’s new location at 26 Frosty Lane, Stafford, VA.
“This new facility will greatly add to the other excellent services we provide to the citizens of Stafford County as well as to the quality of life for all our residents – people and pets,” said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Meg Bohmke. “When businesses and people are looking for somewhere new to locate, they look at the kinds of amenities offered in the community. This beautiful Animal Shelter demonstrates that we not only care about animals but that we care about our community.”
The shelter features several wings with living quarters designed to minimize the stress of being kept in a cage. The dog runs have special doors leading to the outside and a spacious grassy lawn. The shelter is full of light and glass to prevent fingers from going in cages. There are “cat condos” and “cat apartments” designed to allow friendly cats to live together in groups, with lots of vertical space for play, a system demonstrated to improve the lives of animals. There is space for a veterinarian to examine animals and operate as well as a specific area for the animals to recover.
“I could not be happier with the new shelter. We have a great group of staff and volunteers, and I know they have lots of plans for the best way to utilize the shelter’s features to benefit our homeless animals and prospective adopters better,” said Sheriff David Decatur. “This is something our community can be proud of and I look forward to many happy adoptions.”
Elements of the shelter’s design were incorporated purposely to boost the health of animals and limit the potential deadly spread of diseases. The floors and walls are all smooth and fast-drying with drains in every room and run. The heating, ventilation and cooling systems help reduce air-borne diseases. Each wing has a kitchen and room for cleaning materials to help with the containment of germs. The many windows allow for lots of natural sunlight which encourages wellbeing in animals, workers and visitors. Additionally, there are certain diseases which can’t survive exposure to ultraviolet light.
With the additional square footage, the shelter will be able to house more animals and is actively looking for more volunteers to help socialize animals, walk dogs and assist in every aspect of running the shelter. If you are interested, please visit www.staffordcountyanimalcontrol.com.