MEYERS - After years of planning, Jack, Julie, Spector and even Monkey may have a new home by October if they're still around by then.
In the meantime, the 17 cats staged in the El Dorado County Animal Shelter on Shakori Drive are housed in one trailer the county is also leasing for office space. The eight dogs are housed in the other in the temporary housing estimated to cost the county about $150,000. Both trailers come with a better feeding system with a water trough in back of the cage instead of in front like the old facility due for demolition next Tuesday.
At a ripe 30 years in age, the rundown 4,000-square-foot structure had its problems for both the staff and the animals with its substandard conditions. The county will gain another 800 square feet with a dog run area on the 1-acre lot the local government bought for its plans.
El Dorado will mark a new beginning with the groundbreaking of the new building on the 1-acre lot on Thursday at the Shakori Drive facility. The proposal to cost the county almost $900,000 has been in the works for at five years.
The plan was intended to make the animals available for adoption more presentable and comfortable along with improving the working conditions of staff and volunteers.
"Now I can really believe something is happening," said Lt. Robert Gerat, animal control supervisor.
El Dorado County Animal Shelter Groundbreaking
11 a.m., May 31
1122 Shakori Dr.; Meyers
On hand: Tahoe's District 5 El Dorado County Supervisor Norma Santiago