Oakland County Breaks Ground on New, $15M Animal Shelter


Oakland County broke ground this morning on a new, nearly $15 million animal shelter and pet adoption center at its campus in Pontiac.

“This will be the first time we’ve built a new (animal shelter) building in 24 years,” says L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County executive. “Our current (Auburn Hills facility) is out of date, and because we take over 4,000 animals a year, this new site will really enhance the adoption facilities and the shelter. It will be easier to find and more centrally located.”

He says the new, 35,400-square-foot facility, located on North Telegraph Road, will accommodate more pets and offer more updated spaces for the animals.

The building will feature three sections, including a lost and found space, which will house stray dogs and cats; an adoption center; and a community room, which will be used for special events and pet adoptions.

The new facility will change its name upon its opening in fall 2017 to the Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center to emphasize the fact that the facility serves both purposes, Patterson says.

The project was designed by Lake Orion-based Stephen Auger and Associates Architects Inc., and Rochester-based Frank Rewold and Sons Inc. will manage construction.