Groundbreaking set for new animal shelter in Lake County

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Artist’s rendering of the new Lake County Animal Shelter.

A new 31,000-square-foot facility is expected to ease overcrowding for pets awaiting adoption in Lake County.

The new Lake County Animal Shelter will be able to temporarily house hundreds of dogs, cats, and other pets, a news release states. A groundbreaking ceremony for the site is scheduled for 11am Monday, Jan. 14, at 12280 County Road 448 in Tavares (southeast of Lake Idamere Park). The public is invited to join shelter staff, volunteers, and Lake County commissioners.

The facility’s 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.

“Since our transition to becoming a no-kill community, we’ve struggled with overcrowding at the shelter,” shelter Director Whitney Boylston says in the release. “The new facility will allow us to better serve the pets as they wait for new homes.”

After the shelter was designated as a “no-kill” site, concerns about overcrowding led Lake County commissioners to approve the new facility last year. 

“After all of the commitment, dedication, and hard work by so many over the past two years, it is extremely rewarding to be breaking ground on a new animal shelter,” Commission Chairwoman Leslie Campione says in the release. “We reached our first goal in 2018 when we achieved the no-kill designation for our current shelter, and now we’re working to achieve our second goal of building a new shelter for the betterment of our animals and community. It has been so heartwarming to see the lives of the animals and those who have adopted them, so I know this is going to really enhance that for future adopters.”

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

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