$8 million expansion approved for Genesee County Animal Shelter

FLINT (WJRT) (1/1/2018) - Big plans are about to take off for the Genesee County Animal Shelter after an $8 million expansion and modernization project has been approved.

"We're getting down to the final details and that’s everything from what the animal cages are going to look like to what kind of door knobs we're going to have," said Shelter Director Paul Wallace. "It's everything."

Planning has been under way for nearly two years. Wallace expects to begin the project in the spring.

"We're adding about 10,000 square feet, but it’s really not expanding our capacity," he said. "We're just making the animal quarters bigger so they’re more comfortable."

Wallace said the existing building was built in the 1970s and lacks modern systems. One of the shelter's big goals is separating the animals between strays and those really to be adopted.

"One of the things we have in this facility that was never planned for in the 1970s is cross contamination between the animals that are just coming in and those that are being adopted," Wallace said.

For people visiting the shelter, the biggest improvement will be the smell.

"The air systems are 30 years old," Wallace said. "There will be 100 percent air exchange six times an hour. So you won’t smell this at all. It won’t smell like it does now."

The shelter's incinerator also will be removed during the project.

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