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Work is continuing on a new intake and holding facility at the Cumberland County Animal Shelter.

Work is continuing on a new intake and holding facility at the Cumberland County Animal Shelter campus on East Lane in Crossville.

“Our objective is to be able to house all of the animals that come to the Cumberland County Animals Shelter in a warm, climate-controlled surroundings this winter,” said Jan Hendrixson with the nonprofit organization Focus on Cumberland County Animal Shelter (FOCCAS).

FOCCAS launched a capital campaign in the fall of 2016 to raise funds for a new animal shelter facility. The Cumberland County Commission approved the building in October 2017, and construction began in February.

Freezing temperatures and heavy rains in winter and spring delayed construction of the foundation and concrete slab until early June, Hendrixson said. 

With the concrete work now complete and more than 9,000 concrete blocks in place, she expects work will accelerate. 

When complete, the facility will offer 23 large indoor/outdoor kennel dog runs capable of accommodating more than one small or medium-size dog during times of high occupancy at the shelter. Eight of the runs are environmentally isolated to allow staff to quarantine and treat animals. Smaller kennels offer space for litters of puppies or injured dogs needing restricted activity. 

Feline areas offer two gender-based community rooms and a large isolation room. There will also be a bathing station, laundry area and feeding preparation and cleaning areas. 

Hendrixson said the facility would not have been possible without the support of thousands of residents in Cumberland County. However, the organization still needs help with some of the finishing touches for the facility and continues to accept donations toward the project. They’re offering an opportunity to memorialize beloved pets on the Walls of Gratitude in the facility. To learn more or make a donation, visit or find the group on Facebook at Focus on Cumberland County Animal Shelter. Donations are tax-deductible.