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DS-17-021 Animal Shelter

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Needs assessment of the Killeen animal shelter provided by Shelter Planners of America.

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DS-17-021 Animal Shelter

  1. 1. City of Killeen Animal Service Complex Needs Assessment Shelter Planners of America, Copyright ©
  2. 2. • About “Shelter Planners of America” • Animal Shelter Design Goals • Needs Assessment Study • Questions
  3. 3. • Most experienced animal shelter design firm in the nation • Over 30 Years of Experience- nation wide • More than 700 Shelters, 350 Animal Control • Only firm with actual Shelter operation experience • Pioneered “New Generation” design concepts
  4. 4. Shelter Design Evolution • 1940-1960 : Primitive “Dog Pound Designs” Dark, damp, noisy, located near dumps, sewage treatment plant or cheap as possible • 1960-1975: Larger shelters better built, but kennels are still dark, noisy, damp • 1975-1985: Bill Meade begins designing “improved” shelters with brighter, easy to clean kennels, heated floors, proper sloped floors, but still simple design • 1985-1993: Bill Meade begins to move shelter design to reflect more concern about healthy kennels, proper air exchange, disinfectable materials, noise control, better drainage systems. However, most shelters were still economical, plain public facilities • 1993-2014: SPA initiates the movement towards a “New Generation” of shelter designs. We originated the first: – “Adoption Display Rooms” - “Cat Condos” – “Cat Community Rooms” - “Jumbo Dog Kennels”, – “Positive Ventilation Cat Cages” - “Quick Clean Kennels” – “Cat Fresh Air Porches” - “Courtyard Kennels” – “Convertible Kennels” -”Individual Drainage Design” – We remain the only shelter design firm that has first hand working knowledge of daily shelter functions.
  5. 5. Shelter Design Goals 1. Our goal is to create your facility utilizing the best practices in humane animal care. 2. Reduce stress in animals through better separation and flow, sound proofing, comfortable kennels and cages and natural light.
  6. 6. Shelter Design Goals 3. Prevent disease by having medical isolation and quarantine areas, enhanced HVAC systems, proper drainage, high quality cleaning equipment and quality laundry and grooming facilities.
  7. 7. Shelter Design Goals 4. Create a warm and welcoming facility for the public to visit with good sound proofing, natural light, color, odor control, private get-acquainted rooms, landscaping.
  8. 8. Shelter Design Goals 5. Allow more opportunities for socialization between people and animals through animal Get Acquainted rooms, outdoor walks, cat condos, and community cat rooms.
  9. 9. Shelter Design Goals 6. Focus on education and prevention through an environment filled with useful information, an education and training center for humane education, and spay/neuter program.
  10. 10. Shelter Design Goals 7. Create a pleasant and effective work space for staff with sufficient office space and storage, conference rooms, file storage, adoption interview rooms, employee break room, proper flow, easy to clean, etc.
  11. 11. Needs Assessment Study 1. Purpose and Scope of Study 2. Review of Existing Facilities 3. People and Animal Levels 4. Building Space Program 5. Site Considerations 6. Recommended Features 7. Staffing 8. Operating Cost 9. Estimated Construction Cost 10. Operation
  12. 12. Existing Conditions Existing Building is well kept but somewhat institutional Prefer a more welcoming design
  13. 13. Existing Conditions Trench Drains • Are at the front of the runs • No cover • Slopes from back to front of the kennel There is little natural light, poor lighting, and inadequate HVAC system
  14. 14. Existing Conditions Quarantine kennels are in a separate building too far from the main building Adoption kennels have undesirable arrangement where dogs face each other causing stress in the dogs, increasing barking and noise levels.
  15. 15. Existing Conditions Indoor kennels • Industrial looking • No ceiling, exposed pipes and wires • Concrete Floors These elevated cages are difficult to clean under.
  16. 16. Existing Conditions These stainless steel cages are good but provide only one compartment per cat. The Association of Shelter Veterinarians recommends two compartments. The HVAC system in the cat area does not meet modern standards designed to keep the cats healthy.
  17. 17. Existing Conditions Laundry room • Residential equipment • Additional storage needed Food is kept in a conex behind the building due to lack of storage. Electrical Panel requires 3’-0” service clearance, but there is a freezer in front of it.
  18. 18. 3. PEOPLE AND ANIMAL LEVELS • People population 138,154 for 2015. • Animals received in 2015 was 5,676. 3,637 dogs, 1,880 cats, and 159 other • National norm, 3-4% of the human population- Killeen is 4.1% • Next 20 years, population of Killeen Population to increase by 26.6% to 175,000
  19. 19. Projected Animal Capacity Projected Animal Housing needs for 2025 and 2035: 2025 2035 3,949 Dogs 4,607 Dogs 2,041 Cats 2,381 Cats 173 Other 202 Others 6,163 Total 7,150 Total “Will Holding More Animals for Longer Periods of Time Increase the Number of Animals Adopted?”
  20. 20. Building Space Program
  21. 21. 5. SITE CONSIDERATIONS A. Visibility B. Accessibility C. Suitability D. Parking E. Site Size
  22. 22. 9. Estimated Cost • City is in an area of rapid growth, build in Phases • New Shelter at a new site Phase 1- Approx. 8.2 million dollars Plus land Phase 2- Approx. 2 million dollars These are 2016 dollars and construction costs are rising
  23. 23. 10. OPERATIONAL ISSUES • Strict follow-through on spay/neuter for adopted pets • Low cost spay and neuter programs for the general public • Free collar and ID tag program for all pets • Education Program • Foster pet homes • Pet Health rehabilitation • Pet Behavior rehabilitation • Pet Surrender Diversion Program counseling for pet owners with problems keeping their pets • Progressive, responsible owner ordinances • Ongoing and well promoted shelter adoption programs • Expanded evening and weekend hours • A well designed website for animal adoption and lost animal identification • Use of web-based adoptions such as Petfinder.com • Proactive return to owner program
  24. 24. SUMMARY • The existing shelter is well kept • The existing shelter is too small for the community, lacks an education center, proper animal housing, and medical clinic. • The existing shelter has significant deficiencies such as proper HVAC systems, drainage, and finishes. • Conclusion, the existing shelter should be expanded and renovated or replaced with a new shelter.
  25. 25. Questions ?

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