The new Humane Society Adoption Center is just about finished and we got a sneak peek inside.
"Right at the front of the lobby, as you approach the building, you'll be able to see animals right away," Capital Humane Society President Bob Downey said.
That's what Downey said is the theme of the new Humane Society building, located at 70th and Highway 2, being able to see the animals right off the bat. And in a more comfortable environment than the building they use now, that was built in the 1960s.
"Shelters in this country are being designed not only for good animal care but they're being designed for good customer care, too. And creating an environment that attracts people, makes them want to linger," Downey said.
They're not getting rid of the old building on Park Blvd., but it won't be used for adoptions anymore. It will be the intake facility and where owners can find lost pets.
When they're ready for adoption, they'll get to the new location, the Pieloch Adoption Center.
"When people drive up, they're gonna be able to see animals through the windows as they approach the front of the building and it just sets a whole different tone for how people feel about animal shelters," Downey said.
The innovative building and materials used will help stop sounds from carrying and help with smell control.
It'll hold between 60 and 70 cats, opposed to 25 at the old location. It can also take about 40 dogs. The existing location can take 22.
The building will open in June. A police substation for Southeast Lincoln will also be located there, which will benefit both the neighborhood and the center.