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The Need

Boone County Animal Care & Control — also called BCACC — is the department of Boone County government charged with all animal control and sheltering services for the county. It’s recognized regionally and nationally as among the best animal control and sheltering organizations anywhere. The Boone County Fiscal Court provides department oversight and the general operating budget according to Kentucky Revised Statutes, and Colleen Bray leads the department as Director.

The Boone County Animal Shelter, on the other hand, is the building where BCACC is based and where animals are sheltered. The age of the building, its small size, and its design limitations have become obstacles for the staff to overcome daily. It’s a 1960’s-era concrete-block building repurposed from other uses to become an animal shelter in 1979 when Boone County had one-third of its population today. Over the years, there have been renovations, and maintenance is always a priority for county leadership, but money cannot overcome fundamental issues within those walls.

A needs assessment conducted by national experts Animal Arts stated “Animal Arts began this study with the goal of reviewing the existing shelter to see if it could be remodeled or developing a program for a new building. Unfortunately, the existing building has outlived its useful lifetime, and all essential systems would need to be upgraded to allow it to function properly. Our recommendation is to replace the building with a structure that suits the current operations of Boone County Animal Care & Control.”


An image of the front of the current shelter building.

It’s one thing to read about the challenges BCACC faces with its building, it’s quite another to see them.

Take a look at a gallery of images to get an idea of some of the building’s problems.


A core mission of BCACC is to prevent the spread of zoonotic diseases — those diseases that can spread from animals to humans. Another is to protect the health of animals and people inside the building.

Learn how the building is ill-suited to meet either goal.


To help alleviate overcrowding in the main lobby, the last major renovation of the building was to create a separate intake area for the animals brought in by Animal Control Officers.

See how adding something to the building means taking something else away.