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The Project:

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A proposal to raise  $1.5 million from community donations for the renovation of the Waco Animal Shelter on Circle Road.

"Opening the Heart of the Community"


The Waco Animal Shelter is a regional shelter, serving: Bellmead, Hewitt, Woodway, Lorena, Robinson, Marlin, Mart, Lacy Lakeview, Beverly Hills, Riesel, McGregor, Bruceville-Eddy, Crawford, West, Moody, Waco and most of McLennan County.

The project’s main areas of improvement would be:

  • A bright & cheery Adoption Center

  • New, fun pet play area with a covered outdoor pavilion

  • Veterinary Clinic for spay/neuter surgeries, microchipping and basic healthcare of all shelter pets and foster animals

  • Cat-friendly area

  • Much larger, roomier and climate-controlled, easy care dog kennels

  • A remodeled cat room

  • Exclusive puppy house

  • Redesigned, secure drive-through animal intake area

  • Improved parking


The City of Waco has owned the Waco Animal Shelter facility for more than 50 years and in December 2012, entered into a new partnership with the Humane Society of Central Texas to manage the facility.

Under this new partnership, live exit rates have increased to as high as 93 percent in recent months.  A new shelter is VITAL to maintaining this rate.  State inspections are becoming increasingly harder to pass with the aging shelter.

The City has also hired a full-time veterinarian to be on-staff at all times to care for animals in the shelter and in foster care, as well as increased the budget and resources for the shelter facilities and made numerous improvements.

Animal Shelter Renovation PSA from the Waco City Cable Channel.


In March 2014, the City launched the SpayStreet Waco program. This program targets the low-income areas of the city and offers low-cost and free spay/neuter surgeries as well as microchips for pets.

The City Council awarded a $100,000 grant to fund this program. Spay/neuter and pet-owner education is the most effective way to reduce our stray animal population and moves us closer to becoming a a no-kill community.

There has been a dramatic increase in the live exit rate at the shelter. Before the City of Waco took over the shelter management from the Humane Society in December 2012, the live exit rate fluctuated but was typically well below 40 percent, meaning that the majority of healthy dogs and cats were euthanized. Improvements to this number are attributed to several factors:

  • A growing community emphasis on spaying and neutering animals through the SpayStreet Waco program. Spay/neuter and microchipping your pet is now mandatory in Waco and surrounding cities that use the shelter as of January 1, 2014.
  • Any animal adopted out of the Animal Shelter is spayed/neutered and microchipped.
  • New partnerships with animal rescue groups locally and statewide.
  • Improvements in vaccination and health procedures.
  • An enforced surrender fee that discourages animals from being dumped at the shelter.

The Future -- GOALS

Our goal will continue to be to move to a ‘no-kill’ community with on-going education and efforts to lower animal intake at the shelter.

With an improved Animal Shelter facility and our continued dedication to spay/neuter education Waco can move even closer to our goals. Community partners make projects like this possible!

This is a great opportunity for all animal lovers in our community to ‘open their hearts’ and donate to making this dream a reality.

Proposed Building Renderings (Courtesy of RBDR)

Proposed front elevation from Circle Drive in Waco

Proposed Aerial View

Proposed Site Plan

Donate to the Animal Shelter Renovation Project through Waco Foundation

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