The APA’s current lobby renovation will add only about 1,000 additional square feet to our adoption center, but what we’re getting in that space will make a BIG difference in how we operate.
When construction is completed, gone will be the days when long lines formed for time in the one room we used for pet meet-and-greet. This project adds 3 new visitation rooms for adopters to visit with pets, giving families more time to meet with their potential new member.
The Humane Education department is receiving major upgrades in the form of a new high-tech classroom that will help us spread the message of compassion toward animals and give the young members of our community the knowledge they need to be responsible stewards of our companion animals.
The new meeting room for 2-legged people ensures that education classes never need to be scheduled around staff or board meetings and that we always have a space for discussion.
The new grieving room will offer solace and a place for quiet reflection to pet parents who are experiencing a difficult loss.
Finally, the layout of the lobby will change to help improve the overall operations of the adoption center, keeping healthy animals in the shelter separate from sick pets visiting the veterinary clinic.
As you can see, the front of the shelter will be much more visible from Hanley Road and have a welcoming, store-front appearance that we hope will bring you in to visit with our adoptable pets. Make sure you stop by to check out our progress!