LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Animal Services broke ground on a new multi-million dollar shelter on Thursday.

The $11.5 million facility on Newburg Road near Hikes Lane will replace the outdated shelter on Manslick Road that was built in 1966.

The 33,000-square-foot facility will be able to hold up to 235 animals and will include a Community Spay and Neuter clinic, a modern veterinary wing and a space specifically for small mammals.

Mayor Greg Fischer was among the dignitaries helping break ground. He said the benefits of the new LMAS shelter will be more than just a building.

"Thanks to the work of a great team, great community support, innovations like our pay-it-forward free adoption program and other efforts, today Metro Animal Services' live release rate for both dogs and cats is over 90 percent. So Louisville has officially achieved no-kill status," he said.

 
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The LMAS campus will also feature six play yards compared to just one at the current shelter. And there will be grooming and photo rooms to ensure homeless shelter pets look their best for potential adopters.

The facility is on track to open by late summer 2019.

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