Gila County breaks ground on new animal shelter

Cassie Tafoya/Arizona Silver Belt Ground breaking ceremony for the Gila County Animal Care and Control facility held on Sept. 1. Supervisor Tim Humphrey, Homero Valera, Supervisor Woody Cline, Michael O’Driscall, Richard Fe Tom of the Architecture Company, Mike Loven of Loven Construction, Animal Control Director John Castaneda, Gila County Manager James Menlove and K9 Gila.

A large crowd came out to celebrate the ground breaking of the new Gila County Animal Care and Control Facility which will be at 900 Fairgrounds Grounds Road.

Supervisor Humphrey said this is something that is dear to him, he worked at the animal shelter many years ago and is happy to be on the Board of Supervisors that can make this much needed facility a reality.

John Castaneda  who has shown his devotion to animal care as director of that department for 25 years, along with, Bob Hickman during the many years that he was head of Gila County Facilities Department; Public Works Director Steve Sanders and Scott Buzan at Community Development are excited to see the construction of this facility underway.

The construction of the 2.8 million dollar facility is set to begin this month, with project completion expected in June of 2021. The original animal shelter, currently located in Globe was built in 1971 and is outdated.

The new animal facility will also be partnering with the Department of Corrections.

The architect, Richard Fe Tom, designed the shelter to include spaces for both cats, dogs, a catio, grooming area and room for people to get to know the animal before adoption.

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