wikiHow to Build an Animal Shelter

If you have ever wanted to start a shelter, you need to build one! There are dog shelters, cat shelters, bird shelters, and horse shelters. Whichever you pick, this article will help you get started.


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    Look for a site near a vet, or an easily accessible location. You don't want to build a shelter in an area that is difficult to find or get to. You may also need planning permission from the local council, if it is not already there. Bear in mind the costs of building and sustaining your center.
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    Sketch out what you want the shelter to look like. Decipher the size of the area. If there are a lot of pets, build a medium-sized shelter to accommodate the pets, and vice versa. Keep in mind how many shelters there are in your area.
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    Ask for help! If you know some people that could help build the shelter, ask them! It could turn into a community project with the help of, well, the community. You could ask someone who specializes in design and architecture to help you build the shelter, but do expect some involvement in cash. Or you can stick to your friends and family, who can give you tips and help improve your design. Don't forget to thank the people who helped.
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    Get the word out. Let vets and local officials know and ask if they could donate some time to treat the animals or lend their support. Eventually, try to find a vet that would work with you at least part time. Hand out flyers, make a website, put an advertisement in the Sunday news! You will need lots of donations to make it work!
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    Set up the shelter. Bring the animals in individually and allow them to get used to their new surroundings. Have family assist with the paperwork and friends that will help care for the animals.


  • Ask friends to help work in the shelter. You don't want to have to do this by yourself.
  • Invest in some cages, bedding, food, medicines, etc. for the animals!


  • Make sure the animals have space. This is a shelter, not a pound.
  • Be careful to make sure the animals don't have rabies. If so, treat it immediately. Make sure all animals get their rabies shots. Rabies is a very dangerous and fatal disease.

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