PALMDALE— County and city officials Monday celebrated the groundbreaking of the Palmdale Animal Care Center.
Projected to open in early 2016, the 25,500-square-foot indoor animal care facility will be located on 5.94 acres in Palmdale at 38550 Sierra Highway. The new facility will provide housing to approximately 10,000 pets per year – including dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small pets – alleviating the high volume of animals and calls for service at the Lancaster Animal Care Center.
“We have a [$20] million investment in Palmdale for our animals,” said Michael Antonovich. “It’s going to be a state-of-the-art facility; and once open, the center will serve the residents of the Antelope Valley, the city of Palmdale and the unincorporated areas nearby.”
Features of the new facility will include:
- Separate housing for isolation and quarantine animals.
- Adoptable animals housed separately from lost and found animals.
- Specially designed cat condos for adoptable cats.
- A central courtyard for enrichment and training.
- Individual visitation areas for cats and dogs.
- A separate intake area for animals for immediate medical evaluation.
- A veterinary/spay and neuter clinic.
- A minimum of 15 air changes per hour in all animal areas to reduce disease and promote wellness.
- Sound absorption materials throughout to reduce stress for animals.
- A welcoming lobby that includes a self-service station where residents can pay fees online or view available pets.
“This is the first new animal care facility since the 1970s for the county of Los Angeles, and it’s very long overdue,” said Los Angeles County Animal Control Director Marcia Mayeda. “What we’re doing here today is really doubling the holding capacity for dogs and cats in the Antelope Valley. When this facility is open, we’ll be able to take half the population of dogs and cats that’s currently served at Lancaster and move them down here.”
Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford said the location of the new facility would help engage more local residents and allow for more convenient pet adoptions.
“I think it’s going to be a showcase,” Ledford said. “People are going to want to come see the building, but hopefully they’re going to leave with a dog or a cat.”
For more information on the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, visit http://animalcare.lacounty.gov/.