New Animal Shelter & Adoption Center (City of Pocatello)
Monday, December 7, 2015
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
For the last 40 years Pocatello Animal Services worked out of a very small inadequate building. The building was constructed in the early 1970s and consisted of brick and aluminum siding. The building was remodeled in 2007 which increased the area to 5,700 square feet but it didn’t take long for the building to again become inadequate for the number of animals being taken care of daily. The staff worked against high odds to save and care for the many animals that came through the doors. Some of the challenges the staff faced were cramped, dark holding areas for the animals. These areas, with no natural lighting, caused a lot of stress for the animals which in turn caused health and behavior issues. The office area and lobby was small and at many times had several citizens cramped into the small area, trying to get assistance. This posed many dangers when new animals were also added to the mix of citizens in such a tight area.
In the fall of 2012, we decided to ask the citizens of Pocatello to pass a $2.8 million bond to pay for a new shelter. Dedicated volunteers jumped to the task of getting the word out. They spent hours during the summer attending public meetings and events to share information with the public. We were very surprised and pleased to see the vote passed by 72%. Thanks to pre-planning by our fundraising group, Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter, the plans were already drawn up and we could get started shortly after.
In February of 2015, our new 15,278 square foot building was completed and we moved in. This building is amazing and offers a bright open concept lobby with natural lighting. The public feels welcome to come see the animals waiting to be adopted. It offers to the staff great spacious work areas and a floor plan that makes it much easier for them to do their work more efficiently. We are excited to start utilizing our new education center where we can host trainings not only for our staff and volunteers but for the public. We also look forward to expanding our volunteer program to include the younger citizens of our community.
We have been in the new building just over one month now and we already can see the benefits of a wonderful building to work in. The staff and volunteers are enjoying the spacious bright environment to work in and are much more relaxed. More importantly though is the effect we have seen on the animals. They are so much more relaxed and healthy in this new environment and we are seeing an increase in our adoption rates.
For more info, contact:
Director of Animal Services