Built-in Community


Photos By Liz Kirchner
Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center Director, Eileen Mahan, stands next to a painting that says “Dogs need you” by an 8-year-old animal advocate (for sale, artist’s suggest price $8). Art throughout the center is part of Mahan’s community outreach

Research-backed architecture transformed Montgomery County’s dog pound into its animal care and adoption center.


Liz Kirchner
communitynews@ourvalley.org

Two weeks ago, animal shelter volunteers gathered to witness the demolition of Montgomery County’s old shelter and, with it, the outdated animal-care notion the building represented.

Dirty, cold, hot, dark and loud was how volunteers remembered the old building that day as they watched a back-hoe trundle down the length of the cinderblock cells and rusted chain link, raise its heavy claw and smash the roof in a spray of plywood and shingle.

The crowd of volunteers, staff and county administrators standing on a grassy knoll at the new…



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