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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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  • Coffee Break: Designing a New Animal Shelter

    Animal Sheltering readers share what features they’d include if they were building a new animal shelter, and explain why they think those elements are important.

  • The Build-Out

    Check out recent shelter construction and renovation projects from the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the Arizona Animal Welfare League, and Westside German Shepherd Rescue in Los Angeles.

  • The Build-Out

    This installment of The Build-Out highlights three shelter construction and renovation projects that varied greatly in scope and budget—from under $2,000 to $12 million!

  • The Build-Out

    Check out recent shelter construction and renovation projects from the SPCA of Texas, the Randolph County Animal Shelter in North Carolina, and Chicago Animal Care and Control.

  • New Digs and Renovations

    Check out recent shelter construction and renovation projects from the Maryland SPCA, the Marin Humane Society, and the Atlanta Humane Society.

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Samples

  • 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!

Policies & Programs

  • Shelter Services

    The HSUS's Shelter Services program helps shelters acquire the tools they need to ensure long-term organizational stability and success in the dynamic environment of animal welfare. No matter the size or issues facing your organization, Shelter Services is here to help.

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