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Posted on: June 30, 2022

Lucas County Commissioners announce updated plans for new Canine Care & Control shelter

TOLEDO, OH –  Today, the Lucas County Commissioners announced the architectural renderings for the new Canine Care & Control shelter that will be built at 1301 Monroe St. in downtown Toledo.

The preliminary design plans for the 42,750-square-foot facility were unveiled during a press conference held by Commissioners Gary L. Byers, Tina Skeldon Wozniak, and Pete Gerken on the Plaza outside One Government Center.

“This is a building that will be aesthetically pleasing and architecturally complement other buildings on Monroe Street while providing the optimal environment for the dedicated staff of Canine Care & Control who care for the animals in the shelter,” Commissioner Wozniak said. “We and the Canine Care & Control staff have been waiting a long time for this project to become a reality. Our design team - Bergmann Associates and Jackson & Ryan Architects - have created a building that will become a legacy for the community.” 

The new shelter will be built on the two-acre site of the former OhioMeansJobs Lucas County and Board of Elections Early Voting Center in the block bounded by Monroe, 13th, Washington, and 14th Streets. The current building on the property will be demolished in the next several months. Construction on the new shelter will begin in the fall and will be open to the public in late 2023.

“This new state-of-the-art facility will provide our shelter staff with the space and amenities to effectively and efficiently care for dogs, and expands on the opportunities to offer programs and veterinary services to dog owners. The building will be nearly twice the size of the existing shelter and have a ventilation system that will help protect the health of dogs that come into the shelter,” Commissioner Byers said.

The new facility will replace the existing Canine Care & Control Center, 410 S. Erie St., which has been in use since 1965, and represents a significant upgrade in size and capabilities of the shelter. 

“A new shelter has been on the Commissioners’ radar for years. Today, we are making an extremely critical announcement for Lucas County, but a more important day awaits next year when these architectural renderings come to life and the new shelter opens to the public,” Commissioner Gerken said. “We are committed to making the new shelter a reality, just like we did with the renovations to the Hilton Hotel and the Glass City Center.”


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