Oakland County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center hosts grand opening event Oct. 4

The Oakland County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will celebrate the opening of its new Pontiac location Oct. 4.

The new $15.45 million shelter and adoption center, 1200 N. Telegraph Road, building 42 East, will host a 10 a.m. public event. Cider and donuts will be served and tours of the facility will be offered.

I am so very very excited about the new shelter, said shelter manager Bob Gatt. Its going to be such a great upgrade for the thousands of animals under our care each year.

Speakers will include County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, County Director of Public Services Mark Newman, Stephen Auger of Auger Klein Aller Architects Inc., and Jason Rewold of Frank Rewold and Son Inc.


The 35,500 square-foot facility, which opened Sep. 20, holds up to 150 dogs and 140 cats.

The center has some key design aspects that will raise the standard of care for the animals there, such as:

An air system that brings in a certain number of air exchanges per hour

Direct intake and exhaust systems for disease harboring areas

Dog cages that will include a side-area where the animal can be placed during cleaning

Layout of the cages: Different than the old facility in Auburn Hills, with no cages being double-stacked

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