Our New Shelter
About the New Shelter
In order to better serve the growing demands for providing shelter and care to the abandoned, abused and neglected animals in our region, the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County (AWL) has purchased the former ThunderPlex Complex in Vienna with plans to construct a new animal shelter and education center. The new shelter is envisioned to be a first-of-its-kind in the country and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.
The ThunderPlex facility consists of 47,000 square feet and sits on 21 acres of land. In addition to being able to house nearly three times as many cats, kittens, dogs and puppies as the existing shelter on Brunstetter Road, the new shelter will feature: an indoor dog park, separate puppy play area, nursery, private adoption rooms, separate quarantine area, a heated intake area and a large retail space.
In what is being hailed as a revolutionary concept, the new shelter will operate in partnership with the Trumbull Career and Technical Center and Kent State University Trumbull Campus to offer an array of hands-on training programs designed to provide area veterinary students with the experience and knowledge they need to garner two-year degrees in veterinary technology.
A $4.7 million capital campaign is underway to cover the purchase, design and initial operation of the new shelter and education center, as well as to help cover expenses for medical equipment and supplies.
Why Build a New Shelter?
• Our existing animal shelter on Brunstetter Road in Lordstown is too small and antiquated to properly care for the animals that come through our doors.
• With the growing number of abandoned, abused and neglected animals in our region, we need a larger space to care for more animals in a more humane environment.
• The cramped quarters and poor ventilation at our current facility make it nearly impossible to prevent the transmission of such illnesses as kennel cough and upper respiratory infections. Plus, there is no room to isolate a contagious cat or dog.
• The existing shelter is outdated and inefficient to maintain and operate.
What Are the Advantages of the New Shelter?
- The new shelter is larger to allow us to save more animals.
- The larger space and smart design of the new shelter will allow us to provide an environment that promotes and protects the health and happiness of the animals. This includes the installation of a state-of-the-art air exchange system, the use of lots of natural light and larger kennels and cages.
- The new shelter will allow for specialized areas to provide medical care and quarantine/isolate contagious pets.
- Other highlighted areas include:
- a quiet maternity ward
- outdoor exercise areas for cats and dogs
- quiet areas for families to become familiar with their new lifelong companions
- education and training areas
- retail space
Why Should I care?
Animal problems affect everyone. Beyond the fact that we are trying to make Trumbull County a kinder place for animals, we are also trying to make it safer and healthier for people, who are at greater risk when irresponsible owners let their pets roam free. Abandoned and stray animals can bite, destroy property and cause traffic accidents.
How Will the New Shelter Be Funded?
The capital campaign for the new animal shelter and education center is primarily being funded through private donations beyond those that are currently being given to maintain and operate the existing shelter on Brunstetter Road. The ongoing operation of the new shelter will be funded through such new programs as training classes, a pet store and County funding as the result of our housing animals previously handled the Trumbull County Dog Warden.