Harris County Commissioners Court voted to begin construction on an animal transfer shelter that could save thousands of animal lives per year at Harris County Public Health (HCPH).
The Petco Foundation Transfer Center will serve as an additional holding facility for healthy adoptable animals. Transfer groups will be able to take the animals from the shelter after 10 to 14 days.
The $600,000 shelter will be built with $420,000 in county funds and a $180,000 grant from the Petco Foundation. Construction is expected to begin in August and should last 12 to 18 months.
In addition to the transfer center, HCPH is building a new county animal shelter financed by a $24 million bond issue approved by voters in November.
"We are very excited that our Harris County officials will augment the Petco Foundation's generous gift to build a permanent facility that will increase capacity and allow our shelter to save more homeless pets," said Dr. Umair A. Shah, the executive director of Harris County Public Health, which oversees animal control in the county