Project's Summary

The Lafayette Animal Shelter embarked on a mission to obtain No-Kill status, a goal that required a larger and updated facility. To achieve this status, the shelter identified four key factors: ample animal housing, appropriate treatment facilities for sick or injured animals, the ability to spay and neuter animals on a large scale, and improving adoption rates. With their new facility, the shelter has not only increased their capacity to house more animals but also enhanced the overall environment for both animals and visitors.

One of the significant improvements in the new shelter is the expanded and improved housing areas. These areas are now more spacious, allowing animals to move around freely. Additionally, the spaces are flooded with natural light, creating a more comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. The redesign also prioritized ease of cleaning and maintenance, ensuring a hygienic environment for the animals.

The updated clinical areas in the shelter have also played a crucial role in improving efficiency. With larger treatment spaces, the shelter's staff can provide more effective care for sick or injured animals. Moreover, the increased capacity for spaying and neutering operations enables the shelter to address the overpopulation issue on a larger scale. These improvements not only contribute to the animals' overall well-being but also advance the shelter's prospects of achieving their No-Kill goal.

Recognizing the importance of a positive public experience, the shelter focused on enhancing the adoption lobby. The warm and inviting atmosphere aims to make potential adopters feel comfortable and welcomed. It is hoped that this improved environment will lead to increased adoption rates, allowing more animals to find their forever homes.

Education and public outreach are also integral to the shelter's mission. The inclusion of a 450 square foot education center enables the shelter to host public training events and educate the community on proper animal care. This initiative serves as an opportunity to raise awareness and promote responsible pet ownership, ultimately benefiting both the animals and their future owners.

Furthermore, the shelter's campus features multiple exercise yards and play areas for the animals. Additionally, a pond surrounded by a walking path allows potential adopters to spend quality time with animals before making the decision to bring them home. This thoughtful layout ensures that visitors can interact with the animals in a meaningful way, promoting successful adoptions.

The Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center, designed by the Architects Beazley Moliere architectural studio, is a testament to the commitment of the community in providing a better future for homeless animals. Through their efforts, the shelter has created a facility that not only meets the necessary requirements for No-Kill status but also prioritizes the well-being and comfort of the animals. This project sets a commendable example for other animal shelters looking to improve their facilities and increase their chances of achieving No-Kill status.

Project's associated companies