Edmond Animal Shelter Expansion
Within a few days of the Edmond Animal Shelter’s opening in 2005, it was already at capacity. Designed to house up to 22 dogs and 40 cats, the shelter takes in around 45 to 50 animals per month, according to Animal Services Supervisor Kenny Stevenson. Part of the increased demand comes from Edmond’s rapid growth over the past decade, and with the city nearing 100,000 residents, the number of homeless dogs and cats has increased as well.
“The growth has had a significant impact on our shelter,” Stevenson said.
The demand is so great that the shelter has been turning to social media to appeal to local residents in hopes of finding homes for more animals. In fact, Stevenson said the shelter routinely runs between 75 to 100 percent over capacity. However, thanks to a long-planned expansion, the shelter’s size will more than double from around 3,000 square feet to around 7,500 square feet.
“Creating more space for the animals will make living conditions better for them and create better enrichment for all the animals,” Stevenson said. “Shelter employees will be able to work a little more stress-free and with more space, and be able