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Town’s animal shelter will see expansion next year

The Collierville Animal Shelter will be undergoing improvements next year.
The current building is at 603 E. South Street and has served the community since 1998.
At the July 13 Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, Collierville Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Chip Petersen presented a proposal for an addition to the shelter.
The project will include approximately 1,300 square feet on the eastern side of the building, which will include a surgery area, laundry, mechanical, prep area and a restroom. An addition on the western side of the building will measure about 1,200 square feet and be used as a cat habitat and office space.
The existing covered porch will be enclosed and made into a secure lobby area.
There will also be improvements made to the customer service area, and a relocation of the existing surgery area in order to expand the animal intake and processing space. The heating and air conditioning system will also be replaced throughout the building.
More than half of the $433,000 needed to pay for the improvements is being funded by donations.
Design and engineering is underway now, and construction is scheduled to begin in March 2016.
Shelter staff and volunteers are pursuing grants to provide furnishings and surgery area needs.
The Collierville Animal Shelter has an average of 1,476 intakes per year.
There were 254 reclaims and 641 adoptions in 2014, and shelter veterinarians performed 699 spay/neuter procedures.

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