Remodeled animal shelter features more space for pets, people to meet |

Remodeled animal shelter features more space for pets, people to meet

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily TribuneEl Dorado Animal Control officer Kyle Shumaker walks past the dog kennels in the newly remodeled animal shelter.

Pets that are needing a new home – and humans who are looking for a new pet – now can get acquainted at a larger, remodeled animal shelter on Shakori Drive.

The remodel and expansion of the El Dorado County Animal Control shelter was completed in December after beginning last May.

The shelter expanded by 700 square feet and has a new floor plan to maximize space efficiency. More parking was added, and new quarantine areas can house sick animals and others that need isolation.

Animals may end up in the shelter if they are roaming loose, are strays, neglected or abused by their owners, or if they are lost and the owner can’t be contacted.

The “get acquainted” room also is a new feature to the shelter.

“People have a place to go, sit down and interact with the animal,” said Lt. Robert Gerat, El Dorado Animal Control officer.

At the old shelter, space wasn’t available for people to interact with the animals one-on-one. Now, people are able to spend time with the dog or cat they’re thinking of adopting without the distraction of other animals around.

Gerat said the shelter hasn’t reached capacity yet, which is good. He said decreased demand for cat adoptions left nine felines in the cat cages.

The shelter has 18 cat cages, but there are holes in between them that can be opened so the cats can move around into the unoccupied spaces. If the shelter had received another cat, it would have started minimizing the cat space. Luckily, four cats were adopted out, Gerat said.

Gerat said he’d like to see more people interested in adopting pets. He said everyone is encouraged to check out the new shelter, even if they aren’t looking for another pet.

“From the old shelter, it’s the difference between night and day,” he said.

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