Williamson County recently broke ground on the Regional Animal Shelter Expansion in Georgetown. The expansion will add nearly 17,000 SF, including a new adoption center, administration offices, feline/canine kennels, a parking lot, and an exercise yard for dogs. The shelter has consistently faced overcrowding and limited space, and the expansion will provide the much-needed resources to support the growth of people and animals in Williamson County.
The Regional Animal Shelter is a partnership between Williamson County and the cities of Cedar Park, Hutto, Leander, and Round Rock. Williamson County Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey welcomed the crowd and talked about the mission and goals of the animal shelter. She said the expansion will allow shelter staff and volunteers to maintain the no-kill, open-admission status they first established when opening the shelter doors. Her remarks were followed by remarks from the mayors of Hutto, Leander, and Round Rock in addition to Daron Butler, president of the shelter’s governing board, and Cheryl Schneider, its executive director.
Instead of traditional shovels, city officials, animal shelter employees, and volunteers used ceremonial “pooper scoopers” to officially break ground.
The substantial completion date for the project is spring of 2019.