WILLIAMSON COUNTY REGIONAL ANIMAL SHELTER OPENS ITS CANINE CORRAL
Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter (WCRAS) is opening its temporary dog shelter in the county's Livestock Show Barn in San Gabriel Park on June 6, 2018. They will be celebrating the progression of construction of their expanded and renovated facility with multiple events in June including free adoptions for dogs over 30lbs from June 1st – June 9th and a Grand Opening of the temporary dog shelter, nicknamed “Canine Corral,” on June 6th.
The new Adoption Center for the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is well on its way from a dream to a reality. And, renovation of the existing shelter is progressing and will soon expand to the kennels. The next phase consists of renovating the former dog adoption area by replacing the failed drainage system, resurfacing the floors, installing new air conditioning units, and updating the kennels. While the shelter's dog adoption area is getting a much-needed upgrade, the dogs will move to a temporary shelter in San Gabriel Park.
The Georgetown Livestock Show Barn, located at 425 E Morrow St., traditionally was the location of events such as the Williamson County Youth Expo and closed after the new Williamson County Expo Center opened in Taylor, TX. In this new transformation, the show barn will have an adoption lobby, adoption kennels set on newly poured concrete, an intake area for lost dogs and owner surrenders (by appointment), and an area for animal health technicians to care for the dogs. Even though this location is in the heart of Georgetown, the shelter’s services will continue to be devoted to the residents of Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Hutto, and Williamson County. Residents in the city limits of Georgetown will continue to utilize the services of the Georgetown Animal Shelter, 110 W L Walden Dr., Georgetown, TX.
This plan, developed by the members of all five of the shelter's jurisdictions, is a joint effort of financial and lifesaving responsibility. The temporary shelter will save the Williamson County taxpayers $500,000 and will shave 6 months off the construction time. It is also a lifesaving choice. During this phase of construction, most of the current kennels will be demolished and the new kennels in the Adoption Center will not be functional. By moving the dogs to a temporary shelter, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter can continue to operate fulfilling its life saving mission. Additionally, operations will run as usual for cats at the current shelter on 1855 SE Inner Loop.
The community has played a significant role in helping to maintain the shelters 90% or better save rate - and the shelter is again reaching out for support during this construction phase. The outreach began with a social media poll to choose a name for their temporary shelter. The community voted and "Canine Corral" will be the home for the shelter dogs for the next 6 months. The shelter is already planning to make their stay special with pupsicles. Pupsicles are frozen treats for dogs which can include yogurt, peanut butter, and dog food. The shelter has created a public calendar on which families or service groups can sign up to bring these treats to the shelter dogs. Sign up here. The shelter will even be providing recipes on their social media and website, wilcopets.org.
The some dogs will be ready for the public in their temporary location on June 6 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm. All dogs will be moved the Canine Corral by June 9th. The shelter welcomes everyone to come in and foster or adopt a dog during the Canine Corral’s Grand Opening event. Dogs 30lbs and up will be free to adopt, smaller dogs aged 7 months and up will be $15 to adopt, and puppies (younger than 7 months) will be $75 to adopt.