Construction to begin on new animal shelter next summer

Illustration courtesy of Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit. Construction for Phase 1 of the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit Animal Adoption and Education Center is scheduled to begin next summer.

Illustration courtesy of Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit. Construction for Phase 1 of the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit Animal Adoption and Education Center is scheduled to begin next summer.

DEARBORN — Construction of the first phase of the Animal Adoption and Education Center on Michigan Avenue will begin in summer 2017.

The Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit Board of Directors announced at its Black Tie and Tails Oct. 28 that construction will begin on the new Animal Adoption & Education Center.  The Michigan architectural firm Neumann/Smith is responsible for the design, with partner Ghafari Associates leading engineering and Taktix Solutions coordinating project management.

The AAEC will be a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter that provides homeless animals a refuge in an environmentally friendly facility. It will replace the current shelter at 2661 Greenfield Road, which is more than 30 years old, overcrowded and no longer suitable for the animals or the people who care for them.

The new Animal Adoption & Education Center will be on the site of the former Amtrak station 16121 Michigan Ave.  The land was donated to FAMD by the city of Dearborn.

The AAEC is slated to be built in two phases:
• Phase 1: 10,000 square feet, to include all dog and cat housing, expanded adoption services and some storage space
• Phase 2: 6,000 square feet, to include animal intake and evaluation space, medical facilities and administrative space
After 22 years of nurturing more than 48,000 animals, FAMD is in the final stage of a capital campaign to construct the new shelter.  The project totals $5.7 million. To date, $4.7 million has been raised.

“With just about a million dollars left to raise for Phase 1, it is time to start building our new shelter,” FAMD Board Chairwoman MaryAnn Wright said. “We are moving forward as the area’s animals and their future owners deserve a more soothing, comfortable and low-stress environment sooner rather than later.  I am confident we will raise the rest of the money to complete our new facility with the continued support of the community.”

The new shelter also will improve the experience for adopters, volunteers, staff, and visitors.

“We believe that when you help animals, you get back a love that’s more than what’s humanly possible.  We encourage all animal lovers to help us complete this facility,” Wright said.

FAMDis accepting donations at www.metrodetroitanimals.org.

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