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New animal shelter in Montgomery, Maryland, to open March 2

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The new Montgomery County animal shelter in Maryland is expected to open to the public on March 2.

The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center had been projected to open its doors on Feb. 10, but unusually cold weather in the Washington, D.C., suburb slowed the completion of construction.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new shelter is scheduled for March 1 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Located at the intersection of Muncaster Mill Rd. and Airpark Rd. in Derwood, the new $20-million building will be run by the county police department’s animal services division and will double the capacity for animals compared to the old shelter on Rothgeb Drive in Rockville.

The old facility was built almost 40 years ago and could no longer provide appropriate care for homeless or lost animals or meet the needs of animal control officers who investigate animal abuse and tend to injured and lost pets, county officials said.

A 24-page overview of the new, nearly 50,000-square-foot facility is available here.

The Montgomery County Humane Society, which has run the old shelter for years, said it will continue to provide “limited adoptions and other services” there through March 31.

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