Thanks to our generous donors, SASF was able to grant $220,000 over 2 years to the Seattle Animal Shelter to fund improvements to the Shelter’s cat and critter areas, including the construction of a new, dedicated Meet and Greet Room.  Construction on this project began this past spring and we’d like to update you on all the progress that’s been made.

To prepare for construction, the animals were moved into temporary trailers in the shelter parking lot in March and SAS worked closely with the volunteer team leads to orient volunteers to the trailer setup. Staff and volunteers were pleased with the trailers and were happy not only with the trailer size but also that security, fire safety, heating, cooling and ventilation were addressed in their design.

Crews then broke ground in the facility in April and there’s been nonstop activity since.  They are nearing the home stretch on the cat and critter rooms, with current work happening around floor finishes and painting. This will be followed by the new cat and critter equipment and casework.  This part of the project was also enhanced with cat portals and acoustical treatment for cat cages.  For safer dog handling, the construction also added to scope guillotine doors in the dog kennel which was completed in June. The dogs have already returned to the main facility from the temporary trailers and at this time the cats and critters are expected to return in late September.

Thanks again for your generous contribution that enabled all of these improvements to take place – it couldn’t have been done without you. We look forward to sharing the finished product with you in the fall.

See below for some current photos of the new cat and critter area construction:

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