Wednesday, June 11, 2008

EDC animal shelter grand opening June 24

Grand Opening Slated for
Newly Renovated Tahoe Animal Shelter
Tours, Booths, Activities Scheduled June 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The El Dorado County Animal Control shelter in South Lake Tahoe, which recently had an “extreme make-over”, is hosting its official grand opening celebration on Tuesday, June 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tours of the newly renovated shelter, booths from local and national animal welfare groups, a dog training demonstration, and other activities are planned. The shelter is located at 1120 Shakori Drive in South Lake Tahoe.

The shelter underwent a major remodeling and expansion project last year. “The facility was 40 years old and really needed updating in order for us to adequately serve the residents and animals in our county,” said Supervising Animal Control Officer, Robert Gerat. “We’re inviting the public out for our grand opening to see the great improvements that have been made to the shelter.”
An official ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for approximately 1:00 p.m. on June 24. Members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors are scheduled to be in attendance. “This will be a very special, and long awaited day for everyone,” said Supervisor Norma Santiago. “To see the transformation of the shelter in person and know of the good work that will be done there is exciting.”

The renovation of the shelter included: Expansion of the building by 700 feet with improved floor plan to maximize space; a bigger reception and lobby area for serving the public; improved parking lot with more parking spaces; improved dog kennels that are more sanitary and reduce noise; new housing and adoption rooms for cats; and new quarantine areas for housing animals that are sick animals or that need to be isolated.

For more information about the grand opening event, the renovation project and shelter services, visit Animal Control’s website at

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