The City of Sallisaw announced this week that the new Sallisaw Animal Control facility is officially open.
The new building was constructed on the site of the old shelter in the Sallisaw Industrial Park off South Opdyke Street.
City officials said the new building is a “dramatic improvement over the past building.” The new 4,000-square-foot facility houses 13 animal runs with 13 outside pens, with room for future expansion.
Large animal enclosures have been added to the new facility.
Smaller animals have access to a large play and exercise area. The inside also has a quarantine area where sick animals can be isolated from the others.
The new building also has accommodations for cats and is climate controlled.
The city began considering a new animal shelter after it was found that the old shelter had deteriorated to the point where it was unusable. But the site chosen for a new shelter, on Eppler Street, was not popular with residents of the area, and the city received a $500,000 bid estimate for the shelter on Eppler, city officials began the search for alternate plans.
They decided upon a pole building at the site of the old shelter, at a modest cost of a little over $60,000.
To help hold down costs, city employees helped finish the new shelter after the building was erected. The new shelter has been housing animals for about two months, while the interior finishing was completed.
To contact the shelter call 918-775-6241, ext. 210.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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