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.