Texas Shelter Goes Green To Promote Better Environment For Cats And Dogs

The new Dallas Animal Services and Adoption Center is earth-friendly and hopes these “green” practices will help the animals at the shelter get a better chance at being adopted.

This 52,000 square foot facility can hold up to 800 animals. Natural light fills the whole building and each kennel. Compost and native landscaping are used in the exercise areas, and recycled materials are used in kennels, countertops, and the carpet.

“This is a brand new, state-of-the-art environmentally friendly facility, and if I was an animal, this is where I’d want to come,” said Paul Curington, Dallas Animal Services operations Manager. “We needed something that would benefit the animals, as well as staff taking care of the animals, as long as they’re with us.”

Environmentally safe paints and flooring were also used, so air quality will be better in the animal shelter.

Planters in the parking lot are part of a wastewater treatment system that cleans and reuses up to 10,000 gallons of water a day.

With this new green lifestyle, Curington said he hopes that the environment will make animals happier and help them find a new home sooner.

Source: NBC5

7 Responses to “Texas Shelter Goes Green To Promote Better Environment For Cats And Dogs”

  1. catmom5 says:

    This is way cool! I hope other shelters take notice of this huge step forward.

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  4. Lynne says:

    That’s great.
    Now, is it a no-kill shelter?

  5. Paul says:

    Lynne,

    No, it’s not a no-kill shelter. I found an announcement of the opening at http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oG.....194730652/**http%3a//www.dallascityhall.com/code_compliance/Downloads/DAS_grand_opening_Oct20.pdf
    which states the previous adoption rate is 3% and that the only way to reduce kill rates is to spay and neuter. So, clearly they’re not no-kill now, and while spay/neuter is important, I really doubt that spay/neuter itself would get a shelter even close to a no-kill status.

  6. Bridgett says:

    I work as an Architectural Drafter here in NM. One of the projects I am currently working on is an Animal Shelter for Los Alamos County, yes THAT Los Alamos. The county has a new mandate that all county facilities achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Enviromental Design) Silver. Basically, they have gone green. So even my little no-frills animal shelter is going to be a nifty little green building.

    http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPa.....egoryID=19

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