After years of work, activists, friends, staff and donors cut the ribbon at the City of Fredericksburg's animal shelter grand opening event, held on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 327 Holmig Lane (just off Friendship Lane). From left are Leland Geistweidt, Fredericksburg Chamber Ambassador; Alice White, Rotarian; Fredericksburg Police Chief Steve Wetz; Kelly Musselman, Friend of Fredericksburg Animal Shelter; Yvonne Gerhardt, Fredericksburg Animal Shelter manager; Ken Myers, City Manager; and donors Michael and Mary Porter. The new facility provides adoptions of dogs and cats. - Standard Radio-Post / Erika Vela
The City of Fredericksburg held a ribbon cutting event for the new 4,000 square foot animal shelter at 327 Hollmig Lane, on Thursday, Nov. 2. The city’s total project cost was $1.5 million and was additionally made possible in part by generous donations from the community. — Standard-Radio Post/Erika Vela
Fredericksburg residents were invited to tour the animal shelter after the ribbon cutting ceremony. The indoor dog area is equipped with 16 kennels. The shelter will operate mostly by a system that provides natural light and an HVAC system to reduce pet odor. The flooring throughout the facility is designed to with-stand pet stains.
Mariah Molec stops to admire the kittens in the cat area that has 12 cages and can host 20 cats. The lobby features a waiting area where residents may bond with pets before making the decision to adopt them.
Two fenced areas in the front and back sides of the animal shelter feature turf grass and are designed as play areas to allow the animals room to roam.