After more than three years of “encouragement” from LASS, Lancaster County will break ground around the end of May for the new $3 million animal shelter on Pageland Highway. The groundbreaking, originally scheduled for early April, was postponed so that a temporary access road can be constructed for the groundbreaking ceremony. We’ll keep you posted on the exact date when one is announced. The new facility will be a huge improvement over the current shelter, with greater holding capacity and a clean, bright environment for shelter animals and the people who care for them.

Animal Shelter Funding Approved by County Council!

Success! January 28, 2019 was a joyful day for LASS members and other animal advocates in Lancaster County. On that day, County Council finally approved funding for a new animal shelter. The vote followed over two years of persistent lobbying by LASS members...emailing, calling, speaking at council meetings, letters to newspapers...any opportunity to speak for animals who cannot speak for themselves. 
The new shelter will be located on Pageland Highway, (Route 9), near the Farmers’ Market and the SC Division of Motor Vehicles. At 11,000 square feet, the shelter will be more than five times the size of our current facility. The design by local architects McMillan/Pazdan/Smith allows for significant expansion in the future. The shelter will have 46 dog runs, 15 more than the current shelter, and will have separate wings for adoptable dogs and for dogs being held for transport, or for health or legal issues. 
Shelter manager Alan Williams is confident that adoptions will increase when the bright new shelter opens its doors. It will be a pleasant, welcoming place for potential adopters to visit. The larger space will allow more volunteers to work at the same time, and the shelter itself will be a natural impetus for LASS fundraising.