LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After nearly a year of construction, Louisville Metro Animal Services' new state-of-the-art animal complex will soon be open.

LMAS started construction on its new shelter last year, right next to its Animal House Adoption Center on Newburg Road. It will replace the outdated shelter on Manslick Road and will be dedicacted to rescuing and adopting stray animals in the city.

Officials say the new facilities will help them adopt out more animals quicker and will be more efficient and cost-effective. It will also be able to house up to 235 animals, which doubles the capacity of its old shelter.

The shelter also comes with high-tech upgrades. LMAS shared some updated photos on their Facebook page of its new climate-controlled kennels designed to keep pets safe from the elements.

Additionally, the new veterinary wing will include the shelter's first X-ray and ultrasound machines, which will allow quick evaluations of injured and sick animals. It also has four surgery tables and separate rooms for animals being prepped for or recovering from procedures, the shelter said. 

The nonprofit group Ally Cat Advocates will also move into an empty building at the back of the property.

An official ribbon cutting celebration will be held at the new $12 million shelter on Monday, Oct. 21 at 9:30 a.m., Friends of Metro Animal Services announced on Twitter Saturday. 

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