Recently Completed Projects


Apple Valley, CA, size: 36,000 square feet, Completed 2010. This Southwestern eclectic style offers a curved sweeping front glass to mimic the Town of Apple Valley Civic Center. The shelter includes a cat area, a bright sun lit lobby, and a spacious courtyard. The design includes space for the addition of a future veterinary clinic. The shelter is located in the high-desert of California and subject to harsh climate extremes. As such, the U-shape of the building creates a courtyard which provides protection from wind and dust storms and mitigates noise.


Joplin, MO, size: 20,000 square feet, Completed 2010; Joplin Humane Society will handle 10,000 animals a year and is expecting to incorporate many features found in today's shelters, such as air-purification systems, an education room, a animal clinic, and a pet-supply sales area. Administrative offices will include volunteer work areas, adoption and interview rooms, a reception lobby and front desk, and rooms where adoptable pets and owners can get acquainted.


Naples, Florida, size: 20,000 square feet, Completed 2010, This is a major addition and renovation for the Naples Humane Society. New spacious dog adoption suites will be created for all dogs plus large community rooms for cats. Public viewing areas are skylighted and feature indoor planters. The building has special windows for hurricane strength winds. This new state-of-the-art no-kill pet shelter will find homes for many more orphaned pets.


Ann Arbor, MI, size: 29,000 square feet, Completed 2010, A new square-foot that allows HSHV to be a model of best practices in animal sheltering, prevention services, and community support, Itan inviting and healthy environment so more animals find loving homes. The innovative design weaves humane education throughout the facility, incorporates a green geothermal heating and cooling system and uses current research to prevent disease and reduce noise and stress.All of the storm water is captured in a system of bioswales, so the water continues to be cleaned and purified as it goes through the storm system on the site.


Duluth, MN, size: 8,000 square feet, Completed 2009, The new Animal Allies Humane Society shelter is a bright, warm and welcoming 8,000 sq. ft. facility for homeless pets, those who care for them, and people looking to adopt a dog or cat for their families. Every kennel and animal living space is bathed in natural light and well ventilated to keep indoor air fresh and odor free. Because of the cold climate, the kennels are built for indoor housing with SPA Quick-Clean Technology. Rooms are climate controlled for maximum comfort, and there are outdoor exercise areas, including safe, peaceful dog-walking trails. It is the perfect atmosphere for people and pets to get acquainted.


Sedona, AZ size: 12,500 square feet, Completed: 2009, Humane Society of Sedona project consists of a major addition to and remodeling of its existing facility. A new, two-story structure is constructed in the front of the existing building, which is totally remodeled inside with new veterinary and support functions. Animal viewing and visitation areas are located on the lower floor of the new building. The upper floor contains offices and education/conference room. The 12,457 square feet facility includes over 3,000 square feet of cat kennels and animal visitation area, over 3,300 square feet of dog kennels and animal isolation, and over 2,600 square feet of animal support & veterinary area. The plan also includes almost 1,800 square feet of outdoor animal enclosures.


Universal City, Texas, size: 7,066 square feet, Completed 2008; Universal City Animal Control facility is a courtyard design that house 66 pets. There are separate rooms including a receiving area, dog keenels, cat rooms, staff offices, a laundry room, food storage and animal kitchen. This new building has already provided shelter for hundreds of animals that have become lost, abandoned or injured since its opening on August 2008. The courtyard provides a park-like environment for visitors and animals to enjoy.


LEBONNON, OH Size: 15,245 square feet, Completed: 2004. The public and private circulation areas are entirely separate and distinct, eliminating confusion. The facility incorporates the basic requirements of holding, separation, medical care, and adoption. The isolation and holding areas are provided for animals entering the facility along with the multi-purpose exam room that will serve for basic medical delivery. Adoption areas include a few get-acquainted rooms, separate cat, puppy, and dog adoption areas which help minimize stress for animals being held for longer periods of time. The shelter was completed under budget and on time. The owner receives many compliments on the design that promotes the comfort and health of the animals and offers bright open spaces for the public.


HARRISONBURG, VA Size: 15,027 square feet, Completed: 2004. The owner is extremely pleased with the result. “We have just completed our new animal shelter and feel we have one of the best planned and designed SPCAs in the state. We have been delighted with the level of experience and skill Shelter Planners of America has brought to our new project. Bill Meade, Director of Planning and Design clearly understands all of the functions that take place in a shelter and how a well designed shelter will make everything operate smoothly. It has been personally and professionally rewarding to work with you to reach our goal of an outstanding shelter” Ann Anderson, Executive Director, Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, VA


MONTEREY COUNTY, CA Size: 12,992 square feet, Completed: 2003. Shelter Planners of America recommended the site location in addition to developing the design concept. The new animal shelter has an appealing almost residential feel, with an inviting appearance and a courtyard layout to allow for future expansion of the kennel wing of the building. The new shelter offers top quality animal housing, meeting facilities and an attached veterinary clinic to provide animal medical services. The final design addresses both tight budget and aesthetic requirements and has been a welcomed addition to the community.


St. LOUIS, MO Size: 80,000 square feet, Completed: 2000. This is one of the largest animal shelters in the United States. The design of this building was especially challenging because it was new construction along with remodeling of an existing warehouse. The completed shelter has many unique features, including full service veterinary hospital, a retail pet supplies and gift shop, public educational auditorium and interactive facilities for children and adults. The dog kennels have an exclusive time-saving design which eliminates normal kennel morning cleanup. This design was pioneered by Shelter Planners of America and is the first-of-a-kind in the nation.


PEMBROKE, MA Size: 18,000 square feet, Completed: 2002. This shelter was built for the Boston Animal League, and as one of the seven shelters operated in the Boston area. The building was constructed on a 20 acre site with large, attractive lawn and landscaping. It is designed in a traditional Georgian style to blend with the nearby homes. A park-like center court yard allows visitors to view the adaptable animal from one central location. All animal have oversized exercise runs and fully glassed in interior kennels to keep noise at extremely low levels. This handsome shelter has been warmly received by everyone in the community of Pembroke.

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