ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bernalillo County’s first animal shelter is scheduled to be completed the by the end of summer 2018.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) the shelter will be 17,140 square feet (1,600 square meters) and will have room for about 120 dogs, 67 cats and several other types of animals, including larger ones like horses.

It will also offer veterinary care, pet adoption, microchipping, spaying and neutering in addition to other services.

Misha Goodman, the animal care services director for Bernalillo County, says the county plans to have several other volunteer and recreational opportunities made available to residents, including a possible camp for children.

County Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada says the project will cost $7.8 million. It was approved by voters through bonds that were on the ballot in 2012, 2014 and 2016 general elections.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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