LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The 10,000 cats and dogs in and out of Lee County Animal Services each year now have new digs. The animal shelter officially opens up it's brand new facility on Wednesday, after millions of dollars in renovations.
A fresh slap of paint, stacks of sorting, and some last minute polishing are all that's left before Lee County Animal Services unveils it's $2.7 million dollar makeover.
"We want to create a better place for people to come and adopt a pet. Not the stereotype of the old dog pound," Ria Brown of Lee County Animal Services said Tuesday.
They've been under renovation for almost two years-- and now, with 14,000 square feet of additional space-- they're hoping to lose the "shelter" stigma.
The way people adopt pets is going to completely different. Instead of just reaching into multiple cages, now, you'll pinpoint which animal you're interested in through a sanitary glass window.
"The goal behind that is to cut down on disease from people not washing their hands when touched the animals," Brown said.
A volunteer will then take the animal into a secluded visitation room, so you can feel out the four-legged friend. Or better yet, you can take it outside to the new dog park, with details worth wagging over.
"In this section here, we can actually take dogs out, throw a ball, let them run, which we couldn't do before," Brown said.
All pets are set to move into their more spacious, sanitary quarters on Wednesday. Still, staff hopes their stay is short.
"It's going to be a better place to stay while they're here, of course we hope they won't be here that long...either that they'll get claimed by their owners or they'll be adopted to a new family. I think this new facility is only going to help us do that," Brown said.
Lee County Animal Services says pet licensing fees and donations from the public helped pay for a large portion of the renovation project.
The brand-new building will open up to the public Wednesday at 11am.