CHICAGO (CBS) — A $900,000 renovation was underway for the DuPage County facility for lost or stray animals, and officials said it will keep the animals healthier and calmer.
County Board Member Brian Krajewski said the upgrades at the DuPage County Animal Control building in Wheaton would improve lighting, soundproofing, and especially heating and ventilation.
“We have isolated between each of the rooms. Fresh air coming in and then the air going out help prevent the spread of diseases,” he said.
The project is not using taxpayer funding. Most of the money comes from fees paid for rabies vaccination tags and for adopting animals from the shelter.
The Friends of DuPage County Animal Care and Control Foundation also kicked in a lot of the money.
Past president Deanna Wilkins said they have wanted to renovate the shelter for a decade.
“The lights are going to make them calmer, the noise with the HVAC isn’t going to be so loud, and this is all just the beginning for Phase 2. We want to put an addition on,” she said. “We’re the fundraising arm, so we don’t use taxpayer dollars. We go out, we fundraise to be able to help them do this.”