A sniff of success: Work at new animal shelter site begins

Everyone came out for the animal shelter groundbreaking. // Lake County photos

Construction of a new 31,000-square-foot Lake County Animal Shelter is officially underway after this week’s groundbreaking ceremony started tails wagging.

Shelter staff, volunteers, Lake County commissioners, pet owners, and their pets gathered at the new site at 12280 County Road 448 in Tavares (southeast of Lake Idamere Park).

The facility is expected to ease overcrowding for pets awaiting adoption, temporarily housing hundreds of dogs, cats, and other pets, a news release states. Features will include an open-air cat porch, a dog viewing site, an area where animals and potential owners can get to know each other, an education room, a surgery room, cat and dog isolation areas, and adoption areas.

The new shelter will be funded by Lake County’s penny sales tax, according to the release.

Lake County commissioners and shelter advocates dig in at the site.
Members of the L.E.A.S.H. animal welfare organization gather for the ceremony.
A rendering of the new Lake County Animal Shelter.