A groundbreaking ceremony for a new animal shelter was held Wednesday morning at 1212 McAllister Street in Ruston.
The shelter will be a 7,142 -square-foot facility dedicated to giving animals a chance at a better life. It will be equipped with an observation unit containing up to 58 adoption kennels, five observation kennels, a cat adoption condo, and a feline isolation area. The new shelter also will host an additional observation wing of up to 41 kennels, with each of the kennels having an indoor area with an outdoor run separated by a sliding doorway.
The south side of both kennel sections will include play yard for exercise and enrichment. In the center of the shelter building will be an enclosed animal loading and unloading garage complete with a bath station and intake exam room to ensure animal safety.
Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker said the shelter is a result of concern for animal safety by community members, leaders, volunteers and organizations.
“Our selfless non-profit organizations, residents, fosters and volunteers have gone above and beyond for these animals, and we want them to know we’re here to support them,” Walker said.
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