‘We continue to save lives’: Huntsville Animal Shelter opens new surgical suite

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Animal Services (HAS) is unveiling the third phase of a nearly year-long construction project.

The centerpiece of the $1.2 million project is a new surgical suite, and HAS director Dr Karen Sheppard said you can already see a difference in the operations they’ve been able to provide.

“This week alone we’ve done 109 spaying and spaying alone, and probably about 15 types of other surgeries associated with injuries or illnesses or bumps and bumps,” Sheppard said.

Sheppard said an effective spaying and neutering program could allow the shelter to save up to 5,000 animal lives a year. The new wing also includes several areas that will improve sanitation and promote the health of animals housed at the shelter, including an industrial bath and laundry room and an isolation and quarantine room.

The City of Huntsville has helped fund a series of shelter improvement projects. It all started in 2016 with the creation of a separate wing for the cats housed in the establishment.

“To accommodate the volume of animals that Huntsville Animal Shelter houses, my administration has made it a priority to complete Phase III of this shelter,” said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle.

The Huntsville Animal Sanctuary was built 30 years ago, but Sheppard said the renovations extend the life of the building. According to Sheppard, the new addition is delivering results.

“Animals have a much better experience of being protected, and we continue to save lives,” Sheppard said.

The shelter has many animals ready for adoption. Click on here to see dogs and cats!

Sheppard said the shelter can still use donations of used dog or cat toys, towels and blankets. Huntsville Animal Services also welcomes individuals and families who wish foster animals or volunteer at the shelter.