GILA COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER
Loven Contracting, The Architecture Company, and Shelter Planners of America collaborated on the design of this 7,500 SF building designed to meet the long-term needs of this southern Arizona community. The shelter includes 27 separate indoor/outdoor kennels for dogs, 2 larger kennels specifically designed for puppies, 3 kennels for quarantined/medical dogs, a grooming room, and a “get acquainted room.” Additional spaces include a surgical area, animal quarantine unit, rooms for animals other than cats and dogs, and a Sally port where a mobile veterinary van can provide additional surgical, medical, and dental services.
An adjacent fenced yard provides space where potential adoptees and prospective new owners may spend time together to ensure a good match and volunteers can help socialize shelter animals and provide time for outdoor play and exercise.
For cats, the shelter includes a “Community Cats” room and “Catio,” along with feline-specific meet-and-greet rooms. Ten individual cages allow cats to be housed separately when needed.
An industrial grade HVAC system keeps animals cool and safe in the summer months, and together with an integrated pressure-washer makes it easier for staff to maintain a hygienic and sanitary environment. The site also includes a septic system to process gray water and waste since the shelter does not have access to the County sewer system.