Work on new animal shelter begins in March

By on January 16, 2020

Roll-up doors that provide fresh air for the animals, plenty of open space and a combination of outdoor terrain such as astro turf and pea gravel for little paws are some of the highlights of the new Dare County Animal Shelter. Construction of the facility is slated to begin this March and to be completed by the end of the year.

Representatives from the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, the Baltimore-based group that is overseeing the facility’s construction, held a pre-bid meeting in the Dare County Administration Building in Manteo on Jan. 15 for the interested subcontractors. The meeting drew roughly 15 attendees who were briefed on the bid requirements for the 8,727-square-foot building with an estimated price tag of $4.5 million. Deadline for bids is Feb. 11.

The facility, which will replace the badly outdated and flood-prone shelter on Driftwood Drive in Manteo, will be located on Airport Road, across from the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island and next to Dare County’s Emergency Operations Center. The brick and block building will include internal metal framing and some acoustical ceiling work, as well as what representatives said was a pretty big mechanical package due to the need for recycled air in the kennel area.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” Senior Project Manager Chad Brochard told subcontractors during the meeting. “I know Dare County is excited about it. It’s going to be a nice facility for the puppies and kittens…and the dogs and cats.”

The new shelter will be erected on property that currently houses the Roanoke Island Dog Park. Whiting-Turner’s Stephen Bocchicchio told the group during the meeting that the popular dog park will be temporarily closed – for one to two months – and moved to the west of the shelter.

“The people of Dare County love their dog park,” he noted. The project will be completed in two phases, with the first one including “a main push of giving them back their new dog park… we think it’s feasible to do that in the first month or two of breaking ground.”

Whiting-Turner was also the contracting company that oversaw the Dare County Emergency Operation Center adjacent to the shelter’s new location. The construction schedule is tentatively slated to be a four-day a week, 10-hours a day schedule. The architect for the project, Waller, Todd & Sadler, also designed the Currituck animal shelter.


  • Renee Tomberlin

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to visit on my way down to Hatteras.

    Thursday, Jan 16 @ 7:21 am
  • Aysha Apperson

    About time

    Friday, Jan 17 @ 6:34 pm
  • greg

    $4.5 million to house unwanted pets before they are put down. This should make all those who grow tired of their pets feel so much better about throwing away fido. Unfortunately, roughly 1.5 million house pets are put down every year ( even with all the adoption programs ) and no one is trying to fix the real problem of rampant pet ownership and instead throw money at making the disposal process look more appealing.

    Saturday, Jan 18 @ 10:41 am
  • Joanna

    You better never euthanize an animal because of lack of space or funding after spending 4.5 million on a building! You could purchase the Duke of Dare, refurbish, and house individuals who could foster pets and keep them out of the shelter for less than that. For 4.5 million you could offer free spay and nueter for everyone and eliminate any unwanted pet problems from bridge to bridge for a generation.
    What an uncreative, inappropriate for your location absolute waste of money. Eliminate the problem dont upscale to accommodate it. Use that money to engage with the community and fix the problem at the source.

    Monday, Jan 20 @ 12:50 pm