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It’s show time at the improved Fort Worth Animal Shelter

Posted May 15, 2017

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Construction of the Fort Worth animal shelter expansion is complete, and the staff is excited to show off everything that’s new.

Bring your family and friends to check out where the dogs and cats call home while in the shelter’s care, meet their human minions and take a tour of the new areas. You can also learn how you can become a volunteer.

Reopening/open house

The grand reopening celebration and open house is set for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 20 at the Chuck Silcox Animal Care and Adoption Center, 4900 Martin St.

The shelter was built in 1998 when the city’s population was much smaller, and the shelter has not expanded in alignment with the city’s steady growth. Phase 1 shelter expansion called for spending $1 million of the total $2.3 million in bond funds for Animal Care and Control from the 2014 election.

Approximately 1,700 square feet has been added to the existing facility, including a new sally port, which is a drive-through entry point where staff trucks arrive to unload animals. The animals are off-loaded and placed into a secure area for intake processing.

Upon intake, protocols are in place to immediately care for the animals and to administer vaccinations, micro-chip, deworm and treat the animals for external parasites. This allows space where the animals can be kept comfortably while being evaluated for health and temperament issues as well as allowing staff to properly place animals in the shelter environment — whether it be for adoption, rescue, foster or the medical treatment ward.

The expansion also includes 100 new indoor enclosures, intake and outbound service areas and five new outdoor dog play areas. There are now 14 outdoor play areas at the facility.

Every pet that comes through the doors of the shelter has a story — often one of being abandoned and left to survive wandering the streets. More than 17,000 animals land at the shelter each year. Sometimes it’s the place where animals receive their first ounce of love, a healthy meal and a safe environment. It’s the ultimate goal for every staff member and volunteer to find loving and forever homes for every animal.

Adoption celebration

Adoption fees will be reduced for the weeklong celebration to $10 for all dogs and cats from May 20-28. Adoption fees include an initial medical examination, rabies vaccination, city license, micro-chip and spay/neuter services.

Reduced adoption fees will also be honored at the shelter’s two PetSmart Adoption Centers:

  • 4800 S.W. Loop 820 (I-20 at Hulen).
  • 2901 Texas Sage Trail (I-35W at Heritage Trace).

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