MANY CHANGES COULD OCCUR WITH NEW PROPOSED SHELTER

Please check out the photos below of what the new shelter could look like and then read some exciting information of what could change with the new proposed shelter (below the photos).

Above photos were included in the Needs Assessment Report from  Quorum Architects and some included at City Council Presentation.  These photos represent what the new proposed Pearland Animal Shelter could look like.  See the Needs Assessment in its entirety by clicking button below.  

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what could change with the new proposed shelter

MANY CHANGES COULD OCCUR WITH THE NEW PROPOSED SHELTER, INCLUDING:

  

  • The ability for the animals to be seen by the public in a much quieter, calmer environment. 
  • A calm front reception/lobby area with room for the public to speak in a semi-confidential manner, when lodging a complaint or needing to speak about a private matter, instead of as it is now with people elbow to elbow at times. 
  • With a separate receiving area, the citizen who is having their pet euthanized, due to poor quality of life, is not subject to being a public spectacle which can happen now. 
  • Separate entries allow unknown animals to be separated from healthy adoptable pets going out. 
  • The lobby being removed from the kennel area allows for our feline friends (and the staff) to have less stress as they are not subject to a deafening noise level. 
  • Separate, private rooms to get to know the animals outside of their cage (currently no space to get to know a pet at current shelter)..  Being able to get to know a pet will help increase adoptions; how can you say no when they snuggle on your lap!?
  • City of Pearland "marketing" the shelter and new events at the facility, as they do with every other modern building/department within our City.  
  • The new facility as planned would allow new programs.  An example is a Children's Reading to Animals Program, which is very popular.  Reading to the animals is known to boost children's confidence and their reading skills, all while engaging with the animals and providing much needed interaction with the pets in the shelter.  It is a Win-Win!  
  • Better constructed canine areas will help make the animals more attractive. When the public goes through the current kennel area, you have 34 animals barking and jumping for attention which hypes them up.  Dozens of barking and jumping dogs can be a turn off for a new family and they often cut their time at the shelter short, because they simply are unable to take the noise and distractions.  Children have a hard time with the noise and excitement. The projected design limits the amount of dog kennels in an area, which allows families to view a few dogs at a time, instead of being overwhelmed by all at the same time. 
  • With an area available for education, classes could be offered to the public in many different areas, such as: minor dog training (potentially included as part of the adoption;, veterinary  technicians and doctors speaking about basic health care, importance of spaying and neutering, etc.  Education is key for the well-being of all animals and it will also help keep animals from being returned due to untrained humans. Right now, there is simply no space available to do this at current shelter..
  • With true medical/surgery area, it opens the possibility of having all adopted animals spayed or neutered at the facility, prior to leaving the building.  This makes staff more productive by almost eliminating the need to follow up with new owner in 30 days (to ensure pet was spayed or neutered within the required 30 days after adoption).  This also eliminates the chance that an animal could be bred and reproduce within this 30 days... which defeats the goals of Pearland Animal Services and the shelter.
  • With a medical area, the shelter's contract veterinarian could evaluate animals at a level they use in their own practice, and not in the small, multi-purpose open public area the shelter has now. The open area creates excitement in the already frightened animals as the necessary medical evaluation is performed, which without the proper attention and care, could lead to a the pet biting someone. Calm and quite or with soothing music is a good component that is simply not possible right now.
  • A separate medical area for impounded animals and euthanasia close to the storage freezers allows the shelter to be in compliance with state law as to the act of euthanasia on animals. Keeping that task separate from the adoptable animals who could be sensitive to the smells associated with death.  This area would also allow the new impounded pets not to cross path with adoptable pets, as they could be harboring hidden zoonotic disease. 
  • The area chosen for the medical veterinarian area would allow felines to not have to be walked through all the barking dogs, which stresses the animal ,making it more difficult to vaccinate and evaluate. 
  • The isolation area would allow the shelter staff to follow the veterinarian's recommendation for keeping possibly contagious animals away from and exposing them to a healthy shelter population. These pets could receive treatment and then be deemed adoptable.. Today, the shelter does their best to prevent spread of spread of airborne disease, but the exposure risk is high due to shelter areas and very poor ventilation. 
  • Expanding upon and continuing to build a reputation on the care and health of the animals, while creating the atmosphere of well being; continuing to build confidence with the public in better defined and expanded ways.  
  • The health and safety of shelter staff would also benefit from the proposed shelter. Room to allow decompression with a break area.  This new proposed shelter is projected to dramatically reduce the amount the euthanasia of animals, creates a drain on staff mentally and that impacts their health. Burn out in the Animal Control profession is high, similar to EMS. The creation of a facility that calms and soothes the animals will create a more stable work force. 
  • The ability for staff to utilize class area, training groups, educating the public on grooming and healthy care of animals is a balance for the other aspects of the job allowing compassionate staff to see their educational efforts and knowledge benefiting the public.  
  • Better educational efforts for the public will benefit the city in the long run. Helping people and their pets instead of being seen as ticket writers or dog catchers. Today’s Animal Control Officer is a well trained professional that is interacting with the public and their pets , knowing the community values their pets by having a facility that reflects the City and our high quality of life expected, it can only bring positive results in Pearland. 

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