Lost animals in Fresno County can now be found in a bigger and more suitable facility.
After years operating at a temporary location in a former morgue, Fresno County cut the ribbon on a new animal shelter in southwest Fresno.
“All of us know that the morgue site was not functional and it was deplorable,” Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig said.
The new 20,000 square foot facility will have everything an animal will need — an intake center, large play areas, clinics and isolation spaces. It will be nearly 10 times as big as the former operation, used 10 years as a “temporary” facility.
“I think the biggest win here is the combination of assistance for animals and (getting) the community involved in what we do,” Teri Rockhold, director of Fresno Humane Animal Services said.
Need Help? 559-600-PETS
The new facility at 1510 W. Dan Ronquillo Drive (near Marks Avenue and Highway 180) will mainly house dogs and cats. It will also have the ability to shelter farm animals such as goats, horses and pigs.
For anyone who lives in an unincorporated part of the county, a call to 559-600-PETS (7387) will connect to the shelter.
FHAS will operate the $9.4 million center on a ten-year contract. The group boasted a 90% live release rate. Before FHAS took over management in 2015, that number was 30%.
In 2018, the county considered a location near Grantland Avenue and Highway 99 just outside of the Fresno city limits. Neighborhood objections eventually sank the plan.
The city of Fresno is also opening a $20 million animal shelter soon, north of the airport. County officials say the two entities will work together for spay and neuter events and adoption awareness.