LUBBOCK, TX-- Plans to expand Lubbock's animal shelter were given the green light last week and soon the facility will have the capacity to hold twice as many animals as they can now.
According to Quincy White, city assistant manager, the $1 million expansion has been in the works for the past six months, and once the plans are finalized construction will begin.
The project will add 45 more kennels to the 52 the current facility already has, a relief for Adoption Officer Jackie Stephens.
"We just don't have enough room," said Stephens.
The animal shelter, at 3323 SE Loop 289, was built three years ago, but even during construction Stephens knew they'd run out of room.
"I'm not an architect but I kept thinking that's awful small, that's awful little," she said.
With a growing stray population in Lubbock, Stephens said this addition will allow them to get more animals off the street.
"The strays every summer it seems like we get a little bit more and a little bit more busier," Stephens said.
She also hopes the new facility will allow them to shutdown their oldest shelter at 401 N. Ash Avenue.
"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.
White said even though the money to expand has been approved, the city council will formally issue $250,000 of the shelter's bond at their meeting this Thursday.