City Animal Shelter to undergo $1.5 million upgrade

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Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC) is preparing to renovate the shelter’s medical facility.

The new project will allow the shelter’s medical practice to more efficiently and effectively treat CACC’s animals to support the adoption, transfer and rescue of shelter pets, CACC said in a statement.

Starting in January, a complete renovation of the medical and surgery areas will begin on the existing medical facility, which is more than 20 years old. The will include electrical structural and mechanical updates to the prep, triage, surgery, recovery, and exam rooms.

The medical renovation will also include an essential isolation area that will help reduce the transmission of infectious disease to other animals. As a result, CACC’s medical facility will modernize the existing space to allow more efficiency and the capability of housing state-of-the-art medical equipment.

The renovation is estimated to cost $1.5 million.

“The entire project will allow CACC’s medical staff to more readily assess critical patients and expand CACC’s means of care for animals,” executive director Kelley Gandurski said in the statement. “This will ultimately lead to more animals being rescued or adopted. We’re grateful for the enormous community support to enhance these efforts that will surely help us continue to reduce the population of animals in the shelter as they move even more quickly to our rescue partners or to adoptive homes.”

The Department of Fleet and Facility Management is managing the improvements using existing city contracts.

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