It’s happening. The new Inyo County Animal Shelter project is going up. Ted and Lisa Schade
of ICARE have shared photos of the new walls and other improvements currently going up on the site outside Big Pine.
It was in July that the Inyo Supervisors awarded the low bid to Rudolph Construction for nearly $700,000. The organization of ICARE agreed to provide $416,000 and the County – $375,000. At that time, Mr. Schade said the ICARE portion of the donation included $25,000 from a Lions and Rotary Clubs spaghetti dinner fundraiser.
ICARE President Schade said that nearly 20 years earlier the group recognized the need for a new facility. The old shelter was built as a milk barn at the county farm in the 1920s and was never intended to be used as a shelter for companion animals.
The new shelter will house about 40% more dog kennels and cat cages with outdoor areas for the pets, feeding and grooming rooms and a comfortable space for the public and county staff. Completion of the new building was set for December.
Schade had also said that by “providing a center for both pets and people that will be more spacious, more comfortable and more efficient, the dogs and cats will be better cared for and the public will have a Pet Adoption Center that we can all be proud of.”
Here is a link that includes photos by Lisa Schade of the new facility going up – https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.645335125565183.1073741848.355930974505601&type=1&l=b1df56de08