Richmond council considers animal shelter options

Monday's committee agenda included a plan for renovating the existing shelter and building a new one.

Richmond council will consider what kind of animal shelter it will support, with city staff recommending a renovation of the existing facility.

In January, two proposals for a new shelter were pegged at $10 million and $13 million, while a one proposal, costed at $8 million, would have been smaller than the existing one. Faced with these options, council asked staff to bring back other options.

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Staff did a, assessment of the building in February, and they concluded it could be renovated to extend its life. Renovation would include roof work, building envelope work, and mechanical, electrical and security system upgrades.

The addition to the build would be about 1,600 square feet, bringing the renovated facility to 6,180 square feet in size.

The renovations would create better separation between dogs to reduce their stress levels and the spread of diseases.

The addition would be on the east side of the building and it would become the new entrance and reception area. It would include an intake/surrender room, cat and small animal adoption rooms and a multipurpose room as well as volunteer space.

The other option before council is a new building, also for $8 million, but it would only be 4,200 square feet in size.

The shelter is operated by the Regional Animal Protection Society. 

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