Larson-Danielson is making great progress on the new Porter County Animal Shelter. Construction is currently ahead of schedule.
“The construction of the building is more or less complete,” shelter director Toni Bianchi said. “I’m waiting on vendors, kennels, that kind of thing. There’s not much we can do about that.”
Larson-Danielson broke ground on the 16,000 square foot facility in August 2016. The shelter is located at 3554 State Road 49, between the Porter County Sheriff’s Department and the Expo Center.
The new shelter is roughly four times the size of the existing facility and will have the capacity for 120 dogs and 120 cats. The current shelter, located on US-2, only has capacity for 50 dogs and 80 cats.
The new shelter includes separate areas for large and small dogs and spacious cat rooms that will allow the cats to live without being confined to cages. The small-breed dog area will have access to outside runs while dogs in the larger kennel area will be escorted out to the runs.
The new building features a sophisticated air exchange system that will keep disease down. The system will change out the interior air 10 times per hour. The features of the new building will provide health benefits and is expected to reduce stress on the animals.
Larson-Danielson’s work on the animal shelter is expected to wrap up in March, with the new shelter scheduled to open June 1.
New shelter construction ahead of schedule – Post-Tribune
New Porter County Animal Shelter taking shape – NWI Times