A few key and important factors to
consider when planning your easy-to-maintain, easy-to-clean kennel/shelter
are: (1) use only materials
that can withstand the abuse of animals and liquids (chemicals, water,
urine, etc); (2) make sure the concrete slab is designed with proper
drainage and (3) adequately supply of an appropriate mix of ventilation
and air exchange in the kennel section, separate from the commercial
- Houndquarters uses a hot dipped galvanized steel infrastructure
and anodized aluminum. We do not use any wood (which could rot
or decay) or any concrete block (which holds moisture and odor, and
often appears dark and dingy).
- During the structural engineering phase, the concrete slab is designed
and engineered to include the trench drain system with the appropriate
slopes. We also insist on using a dense concrete (3,000 to 4,500 psi)
to increase durability and reduce absorbtion of moisture and orders.
- During the HVAC engineering phase, the ventilation and air
exchange is calculated to provide a healthy mixture of circulation
based on the size and specific requirements of the kennel and the commercial
"The quality of the facility here is a big reason why I came to
Bay County Animal Control as Director. The building is extremely functional,
full of light, airy, and easy to clean. The animals are not only well
housed, but the environment aids a positive image for adoption. We get
tons of compliments on how clean and bright our facility is. Thanks Houndquarters!
I love this building and will continue to recommend it to other agencies.
Just send them on!"
Director, Bay County Animal Control