Jessamine County will receive a $150,000 grant for construction of a new animal shelter, from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
Because so many Kentucky counties applied for the grant, the animal control advisory board set a cap of $150,000 for the amount each qualified county could receive. Of 44 grant applicants for funding from the board, only Jessamine County and one other county received the maximum amount.
The current Jessamine County Animal shelter was constructed in 1975 and is 2,000 square feet. The new facility will be approximately 9,000 square feet.
“Right now, the shelter has one office,” Jessamine County Environmental Services director Mike Cassidy said. “You walk into the building, and one small space serves as a reception area, the director’s office, and the place where people discuss potential adoptions.”