Lubbock Animal Shelter to Get Funding This Week

Published 03/23 2014 04:02PM

Updated 03/24 2014 12:11AM

By Abigail Arroyos

LUBBOCK, TX -- The local animal shelter is getting final funding this week in a Lubbock City Council meeting that will approve a nearly $1 million expansion.

The City will choose Collier Construction for the expansion, according to the agenda for Thursday's meeting, in a job order contract worth $946,110.

Quincy White, Assistant City Manager, previously said the expansion funding has been in the works for months, and that money will add 45 more kennels to the 52 the animal shelter already has.

Jackie Stephens, an adoption officer with the shelter, said earlier this year the expansion will be a much-needed update to the facility, adding more room for animals.

"We just don't have enough room," Stephens said in February.

The shelter was only built three years ago, but during construction, Stephens predicted that the shelter would be too small.

"I'm not an architect, but I kept thinking, 'That's awful small, that's awful little,'" she said.

The animal shelter, at 3323 SE Loop 289, hopes to consolidate their facilities with the new construction as well. Stephens said she hopes that an older facility at 401 N. Ash Avenue would shut down if they expand their main facility.

"It's just exciting for us all to get close to all in one building and the public doesn't have to travel back and forth across town," Stephens said.

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