On Tuesday morning, city council members gave the green light on the expansion project. It will cost just under $700,000.
The Wichita Falls Animal Services Center has been doing pet adoptions since March of 2014. The goal was to lower the number of animals being euthanized. Since opening those services the rate has been reduced from 80-percent to 54-percent, but they want to lower that rate even more. To do this, officials said they need more room.
Right now the facility has 36 kennels. With the expansion, it will add 14 kennels to the facility. These will solely be used for animals trying to find a forever home.
With the new addition, officials explained they would also be able to hold the animals for a longer period of time, giving them a better chance of finding their new family. Since opening up the adoption facility, 30 days has been the longest they have been able to hold the animals.
Officials plan to have the construction contracts drawn up within a few weeks. Then they hope to break ground on the new wing by early November.