In honor of the completion of an extensive remodel, the Lompoc Animal Shelter, located at 1501 W. Central in Lompoc, will be holding a ribbon cutting celebration. The event will be held on Monday, June 24, at 3:30 p.m. at the newly renovated facility and both the public and the media are invited to attend.
The shelter, originally a single family home, is owned and operated by Santa Barbara County Animal Services. Serving more than 4500 county residents and sheltering more than 1300 dogs and cats each year, it is the only stray animal facility serving the mid-county region.
In keeping in line with the “newness” of the shelter, the staff and volunteers decided it was also time for a new name. Paying tribute to the area and its storied history, the facility was dubbed La Purisima Animal Welfare Services, or, “LaPAWS.” By designating the facility LaPAWS, the team felt the name better represented the community it serves and the services provided by the staff and volunteers to the nearby cities and unincorporated areas.
The project cost of approximately $450,000 covered a number of upgrades including the remodel of the reception area to fully accommodate the public while providing support for activities to provide safe care for animals. Guided by architects Carl Schneider and Jean Pierre Ainciart of CSA Architects and constructed by STC Development, Inc, the shelter now meets requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Funding for the renovation was provided by a collaboration of supporters including: County of Santa Barbara, City of Lompoc, the Santa Barbara County Animal Care Foundation, the Companion Animal Placement Assistance (CAPA), and private donors. CAPA is a volunteer organization providing opportunities for community members to assist at the Lompoc Shelter. Community Development Block Grant Funding, received from the County of Santa Barbara and the City of Lompoc, was used for the ADA upgrades. Grant Funding was also received from the Brown Family Foundation.
Area residents looking for a new pet, or a long lost one, will find LaPAWS perfect for their needs. Behind the scenes, the staff can now better respond to injured animals, enforce local ordinances, impound stray animals, and help with a myriad of animal related matters in that they finally have the right space for their duties. And, best of all, volunteers who provide countless unpaid hours of service to care for and promote the adoption of the animals, as well as those coming to the center in high hope of adoption, will better appreciate the environment.