A bigger, better building will be cool digs for dogs

first_img“They get to run on the grass without being on a leash,” said Cheryl Zsadanyi, a volunteer. “That’s good for them. They really enjoy it.” Thanks to the expansion, cats also now have kitty condos, with space to roam and new scratching posts. The number of cages for felines has increased by 68, to 167. In the future, there are plans to have a 10-stall barn onsite for livestock – a first in the Valley, officials said. Denise Margarite, an animal-care technician, said the shelter looks fabulous. “We got a chance to see it as it was coming along,” she said. “They did a good job. We’re looking forward to the grand opening.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was trying, to say the least. We’re excited now.” The building, originally 22,080 square feet, more than doubled in size. Today, there is more than 95,000 square feet of grass and landscape area for the dogs. The new and improved shelter will be able to house 152 dogs, up from 56, which means each dog will get its own kennel that allows it to be indoors or outdoors. Pooches will have heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. The old kennels will be used for sick or aggressive dogs. There are private rooms allowing potential adopters to get acquainted with a pet. In grassy areas resembling dog parks, dogs can be let loose. CHATSWORTH – Homeless pooches are getting fancy new digs that feature air-conditioned dog kennels to help them weather the summer heat. The West Valley Shelter in Chatsworth underwent a 50,000-square-foot expansion, to be unveiled in a grand opening with tours, vendor booths, demonstrations and other activities scheduled for Thursday. Construction on the nearly $14 million project – which features new office space, a community room, grooming area, a spay and neuter clinic, and other features – started in March 2005. “We had to live through it,” said Capt. Jan Selder, West Valley Animal Care and Control district manager for the city of Los Angeles. “They tore down the entire shelter and we worked out of two trailers under difficult conditions. last_img read more