|In anticipation of the spring feline breeding season, the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility (CVACF) is breaking ground on Monday, December 12 at 10 a.m., on a new expanded cattery. The 800 square foot building will double the intake capacity and expand feline living quarters. It will consist of seven apartment-style rooms featuring a “store-front” window in the kitten room.
From March-November each year, the CVACF has an average cat and kitten intake of more than 3,600. Current cattery capacity is 60 cats. The new cattery will help eliminate overcrowding as well as decrease stress which has been identified as a prime suspect in high feline respiratory infection rates in animal shelters. By keeping the cat and kitten population healthy, the animal adoption rate will increase.
The fully funded project, totaling $290,000 in design, construction and labor costs, is made possible by a donation from the Roy and Marian Holleman Foundation and Petco. Construction labor and project management have been donated by Echo Pacific Construction, Inc. Chula Vista architect Hector Reyes designed the new cattery.
Located at 130 Beyer Way, the CVACF serves the cities of Chula Vista, National City, Imperial Beach and Lemon Grove. With more than 8,000 animals arriving at the shelter each year, CVACF staff strives to increase adoptions, reunite lost pets with their families and encourage responsible pet ownership through education and outreach.
The groundbreaking also kicks off a special cat adoption campaign at the facility. The normal $65 fee is waived for all cats six months or older and all other felines are only $25. This special runs December 12 – 31, 2011. Look for reduced fees for other animals too.
A grand opening of the new cattery is scheduled for April 2012.