Shelter Renovation

Animal Shelter Renovation

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The Project:


A proposal to raise community donations for the renovation of the Waco Animal Shelter on Circle Road.  Our new, renovated shelter will be a state-of-the art facility and directly impact the lives and health of our adoptable animals.

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

All shelter parter cities contribute to the Shelter's operation, as well as have contributed to the shelter's renovation based on the use in their city.

The project’s main areas of improvement are:

  • A bright & cheery Adoption Center
  • New, fun pet play area with a covered outdoor pavilion
  • Veterinary Clinic for basic healthcare of all shelter pets and foster animals
  • Cat-friendly area & a remodeled cat room
  • Much larger, roomier and climate-controlled, easy care dog kennels
  • Exclusive puppy house
  • Redesigned, secure drive-through animal intake area Improved parking

Background on the Shelter

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.

Project Status

A Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Shelter was held in November 2015.  A temporary tent houses dogs held in the kennels while Built-Wright Construction demolishes the old kennels to make room for the new and improved kennels to be built first.  A sally port, or drive through, has already been completed providing animal control officers from all of the different cities easy and safe access to drop animals off.

Many donors have named areas and provided funds for the areas of the new Shelter.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening were held in October 2016.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

Background on Progress

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.

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