Raising the Roof

5/2/2008 Merced, CA The roof-raising ceremony celebrates the first phase of construction on the new, eight-million dollar facility.

The shelter is being built near Castle Airport in Atwater and will feature a total of 300 dog- and cat-runs. That's more than five times the capacity of the current shelter, which is more than 30 years old.

Officials say the new; state-of-the-art building also offers special amenities for pets and their prospective owners.

The shelter is expected to open in January.

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