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Iowa City animal shelter to move in new location

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The new Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center has been in the works for seven years and now the wait is almost over.

The current shelter, located on Sand Road south of Iowa City, will be closed on Monday, Aug. 10 and Tuesday, Aug. 11 so that staff can move animals and operations to the newly constructed 11,236 sq. ft. facility on Napoleon Lane, off of Gilbert Street south of Iowa City.

The new location will hill officially open Wednesday, August 12, and regular hours will resume then.

A grand opening celebration at the new Animal Care and Adoption Center is being planned for later in the fall, but a date has not yet been finalized.

The old shelter, which was located on Kirkwood Avenue east of the old North Wastewater Treatment Plant, was destroyed in the floods of 2008, after which animals and staff took up long-term temporary residence in space adjacent to Dave Long Protective Products on Sand Road.

The new facility will offer many more amenities than the previous shelter, including separate housing areas for different species as well as for sick and injured animals; a medical / surgical room; air exchange system in each room; and energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling systems. The new facility will serve Iowa City, Coralville, University Heights, the University of Iowa, and rural Johnson County.

For more information, contact Animal Center Supervisor Liz Ford at 319-356-5295 or e-mail

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