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An animal shelter is the physical nucleus of a community animal care and control program. The resources provided here will help you begin planning for your shelter facility.

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  • Design for Living

    Learn from architects experienced in shelter design, directors who've built new facilities, and other experts in shelter makeovers on a budget.

  • The Build-Out

    Pet Rescue in Sanford, Florida tackle finding a stable home after 11 years in different locations; The Maryland SPCA's refurbished building in Baltimore offers visitors a brighter adoption lobby.

  • The Purrpose of Life

    In honor of one cat, Tabby's Place- sanctuary in rural New Jersey, saves many more kitty lives.

  • The Build-Out

    Greenville Humane Society in South Carolina sets out to create an inviting facility while East Bay SPCA in Oakland, California makes time for a much needed upgrade.

  • The Build-Out

    San Antonio Animal Care Services opens a new, second campus in Brackenridge Park for low-cost spay/neuter and Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills renovates their shelter.

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  • The HSUS's Shelter Design Packet

    Our special design packet just for shelters includes information on how to figure what size shelter you'll need, how to choose an architect, materials, and much more!

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