Lafayette Consolidated Government broke ground Friday on a new animal shelter.
Officials were gathered at the new facilities location to break ground on the new facility located on N. Dugas Road. The building is 20,000 square feet and is expected to increase capacity for Lafayette Animal Shelter. The project will have facility upgrades such as a pet surgery center for medical care and sterilizations, an air filtration system for odor control, and an outdoor area for exercise and visitations.
Robideaux says that the project has been nearly 5 years in the making. "Its really satisfying to know that we are actually going to be getting this new shelter."
The funding from the Durel Administration is being used to fund the construction for the shelter. More funding, about $8 million, was put towards this facility from the Robideaux administration.
"This is going to be the best facility in the state and its going to show other communities what you can do if you put your mind to it and commit to something," Robideaux said.
LCG says the building is being designed by Lafayette firm Beasley Moliere Architects, and constructed by J.B. Mouton Construction. The budget for the project is approximately $8.9 million and was funded by a millage dedicated to the Animal Care Center.
Officials say that visitors will be able to browse through the new facility unassisted to view the animals available for adoption, instead of having to wait for a staff member to escort them.