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About Us

Dear Friends,

"Shelter Planners of America" is known nationwide as the most experienced and skilled animal shelter consulting service you can obtain. Our firm has been doing shelter planning for over 30 years and have worked with over 700 animal shelter groups. Our founder trained as an architect, worked in architectual offices, was then in charge of all animal shelter design consulting nation-wide for the Humane Society of the United States for 11 years. He also operated four different animal shelters for a total of 11 years as Executive Director or President.

It is this understanding of your daily operational needs that allows us to design your shelter to really work the way you expect and not surprise you with design problems once your project is constructed.

As a first step in planning a new shelter, or a renovation and expansion of your existing shelter, we will personally develop your Needs Assessment Study that is unique to your community and your group. The second step will involve the layout of your shelter plan. The plan will reflect all of your needs and wishes and assure that your new or renovated and expanded building is the best it can be. The plan will be laid out to comply with applicable building codes and best practices in animal welfare.

We would be pleased to provide you guidance on how to get started with the design of your new animal shelter or the renovation and expansion of your existing animal shelter.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Michael Barnard, AIA, NCARB, ACO