Cedar Rapids Animal Control Set to Break Ground on New Shelter

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa--Five years after their shelter was destroyed by flood waters,
Cedar Rapids Animal Control is set to break ground a brand new facility Wednesday.

Their old building was destroyed when it filled with 8 feet of flood water in 2008. Fortunately, animal control officials were able to evacuate all the animals before the water reached the building.
Since that time the city has been renting a building off Blairs Ferry to house animals.

The current is not built to house animals. There isn't enough space to separate all the different categories of animals such as strays, rescue, and quarantine. Outside, there is no space for the animals to run and play.

This is why officials are so excited to finally be breaking ground on a new facility on the Kirkwood Campus. The $4.5 million shelter will feature an adoption mall where animals are displayed behind glass, not in cages. There will also be meet and greet rooms and a large yard outside. It be much more pet and public friendly.

TAKE SOT 3:01 Diane Webber Program Dir. Cedar Rapids Animal Control
"The amenities are astronomical. It's got everything we ever hoped to have. Separation of space, each space will have proper ventilation and drainage system. There's a real cut-down in cross contamination," says Diane Webber, Program Director for Cedar Rapids Animal Control.

Webber says there were several factors that caused delays in the construction of a new animal shelter including paperwork for FEMA, finding additional funds, and coming up with a location and plans.

The ground breaking takes place at 1p.m. Wednesday next to Washington Hall on the Kirkwood College Campus. Construction is set to be complete in October.
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