Onslow County breaks ground on animal shelter expansion


JACKSONVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Onslow County Animal Services is growing. The agency has broken ground on Phase One of its expansion building.

In 2019, the Onslow County Board of Commissioners approved funding to expand and renovate the facility.

Phase one of the project includes a new 6,700 square foot building. The facility will increase its capacity to shelter in more dogs at the Georgetown Road location. 90 kennels will be provided with the expansion.

Animal service officials anticipate the improvements will match the county’s population growth in the coming years.

“So that’s going to allow us more space to bring in animals, our dogs. It’ll allow them to serve them better so we can provide them with better space, more functional space,” said Jennifer Monteforte, community outreach coordinator at Onslow County Animal Services.

Phase one is expected to be completed in November 2020.

Once Phase one is completed, Phase two will begin. The shelter’s current space will be renovated. Phase two is expected to be completed in April 2021.

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The Onslow County Board of Commissioners voted to approve an additional $755,000 to expand and renovate the Onslow County Animal Services facility.

According to Onslow County officials, the original $3.5 million expansion of the Georgetown Road animal shelter, which was approved last November, will add approximately 6,700 square feet of space to house additional animals, increasing the shelter’s capacity by 64%.

The project will also include renovations to the existing 7,500 square foot building, to help the shelter comply with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture animal welfare requirements for sanitation, temperature, and ventilation.

After receiving five bids for the animal shelter project, Onslow County Commissioners awarded the $4.2 million project to Quadrant Construction.

Work on the shelter is expected to start by the end of the year.

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