A joint venture between Jackson County and the City of Independence, this 27,169
S.F. facility was constructed to replace the existing City of Independence animal
shelter and provide for additional county usage. The facility is constructed east
of Independence on Highway 78 just east of the Blue River Community College campus.
This facility is sited on a 6 acre tract. The facility houses Animal Control and
Adoption offices, Administration and Volunteer offices, Community Meeting/Training
Room, Veterinarian Clinic facilities, including surgery rooms and pharmacy.
Animal holding areas are fixtured with stainless steel and glass front kennels and
laminated cat condos and stainless steel holding cages.
The facility is masonry bearing with wood trusses combined with natural log construction
at the lobby, exterior canopies and exterior accent features.
Support facilities include dog and cat kitchens , 2 laundries, donation supply storage,
garage facilities and fenced exterior exercise areas and equipment storage.
The facility has been occupied since spring 2013 and house a design capacity for
127 dogs and 100 cats.
The facility received the APWA ‘Project of the Year’ award in 2013.