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Posted on Dec 1, 2014

Home sweet home: New animal shelter already full

Only a month into its new digs, the Quincy Animal Shelter is already full.

“By the end of the second week, we had a dog in every kennel,” said shelter manager Rachel Lewis.

The animal shelter was home last week to 19 cats and kittens and 23 dogs and puppies.

The public last week was invited to tour the new facility at 213 6th Ave. N.E. The 3,457 square-foot facility was built at a cost of $741,149, which was under budget, said Ariel Belino, city engineer. Construction started in March and was completed in October.

The facility has 20 indoor kennels that have individual outdoor access. It has a cat room and cat playroom, a nursery, laundry room, medication room, a meeting room and more storage area. It’s more than twice the size of the old facility.

While staff is still working out the kinks of operating in a new building, the facility is “fantastic,” Lewis said.

“It’s so nice to be in a facility that’s designed to do what you need to do,” she said.

The facility is brighter, less crowded and easier to clean, making both staff and the animals happier, she said. And that translates to more adoptions, she added.

Jesslyn Elliott, who is starting a nonprofit shelter in Gig Harbor, drove some three hours to see the Quincy shelter last week. Elliott especially liked the shelter’s skylights as well as the indoor/outdoor kennels and the quarantine area.

“It’s really nice,” she said. “They are so lucky to have something new and to be back in town.”

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