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East County News Service

May 25, 2017 (El Cajon) — Dogs, cats and other pets awaiting adoption in El Cajon will soon have some spacious new digs.  The long-awaited El Cajon Animal Shelter is finally under construction after years of planning and design.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning for the new shelter, which is expected to open by fall 2018.

The new facility at 1373 North Marshall Ave. will replace a 50-year-old structure nearby and is twice the size of the older building, also designed for future expansion.

The new animal shelter measures 10,900 square feet with housing for animals, veterinary services for sick and injured shelter pets, grooming, play and interaction areas, pet adoption services, exercise area, administrative offices and more.

A color palette of reds, browns, tans and metal finishes will complement the modern appearance of the building, with playful pet images on the façade.

Mayor Bill Wells, members of the City Council, the City Manager, representatives of C.W. Driver Construction and Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects were on hand for the ceremonial groundbreaking.

The shelter’s estimated $9.3 million cost is funded by Proposition O special revenues, a half-cent sales tax increased approved by voters in 2004 specifically for improvements to public safety and a new animal shelter. The special tax ended in 2015, and now taxpayers are seeing the results of those revenues.

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