INADEQUATE SPACE FOR ANIMALS
The current facility is simply too small to keep up with the booming population growth Pearland has received and continues to see. Unfortunately, this leads to euthanizing healthy, adoptable pets. In 2018 fiscal year, 137 healthy, adoptable pets were euthanized due to space. If the proposed new shelter existed at the beginning of the 2018 fiscal year, this number would have been ZERO for the entire year!
NO ISOLATION AREA FOR SICK PETS
With no area in the shelter to isolate pets that may have easily treatable contagious conditions, this unfortunately leads to these pets being often euthanized because an infectious outbreak of an entire shelter's population can not be risked. Many of these conditions may have possibly been treated inexpensively and the pet cared for while undergoing a possible short-term treatment, provided an isolation area was available. In the proposed new shelter, designated isolation areas for both cats and dogs exist. For the 2018 fiscal year, 172 sick pets were euthanized.
VERY STRESSFUL ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL ANIMALS, SHELTER STAFF, VOLUNTEERS & ALL VISITORS
As you can probably imagine, when you get dozens of dogs in the same couple of rooms, the noise from the abundance of barking is not only overwhelming and incredibly loud (oftentimes unbearable) for humans, but is very stressful to the homeless dogs living in the shelter. The noise also travels to where the homeless kitties live, which makes them incredibly stressed and unhappy. When a quieter space exists, dogs and cats are much more calm and happy. Shelters are a scary place for them as they do not know where they are or their surroundings. The overbearing loud noise tends to have visitors who are looking to adopt a new family to cut their visit short, because it can be unbearable to be in the area.
POOR AIR QUALITY/CIRCULATION
The current facility does NOT meet current HVAC standards for disease control in an animal shelter.
OVERABUNDANCE OF COSTLY MAINTENANCE REPAIRS
The current shelter has become very costly to maintain. Over the past 24 months, there have been 132 repairs completed... and, there are still many more repairs waiting to be done.
FAILING AIR CONDITIONING UNITS
The facility currently has five air conditioning units. Four of these five units will need to be completely replaced within the next 5 years. This is estimated to cost approx $24,000.
There are multiple leaks in the roof that need to be repaired. The estimated cost for these repairs is approx. $12,000.
Problems with the building's foundation has been noted and this costly repair will need to be taken care of.
An assessment of the current Pearland Animal Services & Adoption Center was performed by Quorum Architects in December 2018. You can see a brief overview of this assessment and also read the full assessment report, in its entirety, by clicking below.
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