Architects showed off their layout plan for the new Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare Center in front of county commissioners Tuesday night.
The building will be able to hold around 92 dogs and 46 cats, with a total capacity ranging from 130 to 140 animals. The current shelter can only house 80 animals.
By increasing the capacity and aesthetics with the new building, architects hope it will decrease the number of animals that don't make it out.
"Adoption rates have gone up and will continue to go up," says Gene Dunwoody, "and rescue groups have been very helpful, and I think they'll be pleased and they'll get more involved. We've got meeting rooms where they can come out and bring groups in. I think it's a good chance to educate the public as to what a real adoption center can do."
The 11,000 square-foot design leaves room for animals to be separated into sections like small dogs, large dogs, and cats.
Architects estimate the shelter will have enough room to keep each animal for 17 to 22 days.
Shelter Director Sarah Tenon says, "It gives us hope, and it will definitely lift the morale of our staff as we continue to work in our present location. I think our community is going to be very, very pleased."
The Bibb County commission gave the go-ahead for the architects to begin designing the look of the $3 million project. They hope to start construction by the end of the summer and complete it by the end of next year.