Moore is expected to receive a new, full $ 8.2 million animal shelter following the issuance of a bond earlier this month.
Moore Animal Welfare’s future home is S I-35 Service Road, east of the freeway and south of SW 34th Street.
The 15,040 square foot shelter will include separate areas for adoption and admission, a multi-purpose training room, quarantine rooms, administrative offices, improved ventilation systems, medical room, preparation area animal feed and more space for cats and dogs.
Groundbreaking and completion dates have yet to be determined, but the facility could be ready to go by the end of 2023, Mitchell said.
Shelter director John Fryrear said Moore Animal Welfare has been operating at its current 3,200 square foot shelter for more than 20 years.
The city’s population, which has grown from 41,138 in 2000 to 62,793 in 2020, has sheltered at 3,900 S I-35 Service Rd at most in space, he said.
Moore City Manager Brooks Mitchell said the city had weighed the decision between expanding the current shelter and building a new one in recent years, but their land north of Indian HIlls Road didn’t is not the space required for all the necessary improvements.
“There is wear on the cages and on the concrete because this is a 22 year old facility,” Mitchell said.
The current shelter holds 29 dogs and nine cats. Since Wednesday, they have housed 30 dogs and 17 cats.
“Right now we are doubling the open cages,” Fryrear said. “We even host cats in the dog sections.
Fryrear said more spaces means the ability to save more animals and house a lot more dogs and cats.
The capacity of the adoption section will be 28 cats and 47 dogs. The capacity of the animal reception section will be 20 cats and 29 dogs.
Fryrear said overcrowding in the current shelter means an ever-present concern for the disease outbreak.
Separate areas for adoption and admission will create a more conducive environment for disease control. Dedicated ventilation systems for the two areas should also prevent the spread of the disease, Fryrear said.
A medical suite at the future shelter will be a space for the animals to recover from surgery and other veterinary care.
“If an animal arrives sick or injured, we can house it separately from admission and adoption,” Fryrear said. “You worry about kennel cough, upper respiratory tract disease, because once that happens, it continues and your whole shelter is affected. “
Fryrear said the new shelter will be located more centrally in Moore, allowing convenient access for city residents, just off I-35.
“A lot of people have a hard time finding us and we’ve gotten a ton of calls from people saying they’ve passed us,” Fryrear said. “We will face west, so people who use I-35 can see our beautiful building that the citizens have helped pay for. “
Fryrear looks forward to the completion of the installation and the opportunity to invite the public to see how their tax dollars have benefited animals in need of shelter and care.
Mitchell said when the city issues the bonds, they are repaid through property tax. The city has a certain amount of dollars in bonds outstanding with principal and interest payments due each year.
After the county appraiser reviewed property appraisals, Mitchell said they took the estimate of the needs of different cities and created the Mileage Rate, a collective property tax assessment. The City of Moore’s property tax rating is currently 15.4, he said.
“We will issue these bonds in increments where their mileage rate will not exceed 16.5., So people may see a slight fluctuation in property tax, but it will be minimal as we will have the mileage rate fluctuate in a. narrow range, ”Mitchell said. “Over the next few years, a portion of the property tax they pay to the Town of Moore will be used to pay off those obligations. “