The Valley Animal Center broke ground Tuesday morning on its final phase of construction.
The no-kill shelter for dogs and cats will build an exercise and play yard behind its existing spay and neuter facility.
The park will be open to the public and their pets.
"We're gonna have individual runs, so people can train their dogs, they can walk them. There'll be shaded cabanas. We're gonna have a doggy wading pool so the dogs can play in the pool," Kelly Joos said.
The $1.3 million project is nearly a year ahead of schedule -- thanks to a $1 million donation, the largest in the shelter's history.