New animal shelter debuts in the great outdoors of northern Fort Worth
A state-of-the-art animal shelter that has been in development for three years has finally opened in the far north of Fort Worth.
The new town Northern Animal Campus, at 351 Hillshire Dr., is a modern indoor-outdoor facility that sits on seven and a half acres of natural landscape – with a pond, native prairieland, and outdoor hiking trails – to maximize open spaces for humans – animal interaction, say city officials.
“The new North Animal Campus was intentionally located in the North Texas prairie, where visitors will find outdoor trails, a natural pond and plenty of open space,” says Tim Morton, associate director of the Code Compliance department at Fort Worth Animal. Care & Control. in one version. “All of this is intentional. Throughout the design and construction process, we have paid special attention to the comfort and welfare of the animals that are in our care here. You will also find the latest animal care technology that our talented and dedicated staff will employ every day.
The strengths and structures of the campus include:
- five separate, naturally lit kennel pods, each with six separate play areas and four meeting areas. (The separation serves to contain disease and control stress, as well as reduce noise and reactive behaviors between dogs in pods or separate yards, the city says.)
- an adoption center with public meeting space and cat accommodation.
- a veterinary clinic with surgical and triage units.
- an exit port for animal arrivals.
- open workspaces for staff.
- Welcoming indoor kennels with large attached outdoor areas for dogs and other pets.
If the buildings sound familiar to you, it’s because they were inspired by the cattle sheds at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
Voters approved $ 13.7 million in the 2018 bond election to build the new shelter, and officials inaugurated the land in January 2020. The existing shelter, in southeast Fort Worth , was built in 1998.
The new shelter is in the far north of Fort Worth (76052), one of the city’s fastest growing areas; it is located opposite the Hillshire drop-off station.
“With all the rooftops and jobs added north of 820, we really need a spacious, modern facility like this here,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price mentionned when the shelter burst. “And its design is ideal because the open concept puts less stress on the animals and helps staff control disease in the pet population.”
Residents can have their first look at a community open day, 12 pm-6pm April 24-25. Visitors will receive campus tours, volunteer information and opportunities to meet adoptable animals. All adoption fees will be waived during the weekend’s event, and available animals will be spayed / neutered, microchipped and up to date on vaccines and preventatives, the city says.
“There are so many elected officials, city staff, community volunteers and nonprofit relief group partners who have been actively involved in making this opening a reality,” says Brandon Bennett, director of code compliance, in the press release. forever find a home for each of the pets that will be cared for at the Northern Animal Shelter. “