The idea for a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter for Louisville Metro was born in 1995. After 15 years of fundraising and many months of planning, ground was broken on Phase One on Feb. 3, 2009. Now, twenty months later, we have opened the doors the Animal House, our brand new animal adoption center. This new center is truly amazing, and an incredible improvement over the adoption facilities at the Manslick Road facility.
Animal House is a centrally located, modern design, fully heated and air-conditioned 10,000 square foot campus. It features 20 glass-front dog rooms, 18 puppy townhouses, 16 cat condos, 2 free roaming cat rooms, and a Pocket Pet room for reptiles, gerbils, birds, etc. Two private interview rooms will allow adoption staff members to ensure the perfect match between adopters and pets. Modern facilities, including the Club Belly Rub Dog area, Pussy Cat Lounge cat area, Laundro-Mutt laundry room, grooming room, two separate food preparation areas, a beautiful reception lobby, and much needed expanded office space for staff. The site also features a retail center with pet care items such as leashes, collars, litterboxes, toys, as well as human wearables. The proceeds from retail animals directly support Animal House and the animals in our care.
Approximately $2.6 million, nearly 40% of which was generated through the Metro Animal Services building fund, was used to bring Animal House to fruition, but it is only Phase One of the vision. Up to six more phases could be added with additional funding, including a state-of-the-art veterinary suite, updated animal control facilities, and expanded business services. Our goal is to eventually move all Animal Services functions to the Newburg Road campus. Until then, all adoption services will take place at Animal House; other services, including licensing, owner surrenders and stray surrenders, lost animal viewing, and low-cost spay/neuter will continue to take place at the original Metro Animal Services Animal Care Center, 3705 Manslick Road.