Workers and animals enjoying new home at South Bend Animal Control shelter

There's a new home for workers at South Bend Animal Control.

Plus it’s hopefully just a temporary yet nicer one for all the adoptable animals that will be housed there.

The new South Bend Animal Control Shelter is now open.

Workers recently moved all of the animals over from the old shelter. The old one has now been vacated.

It's just a soft opening since some tweaks still need to make before the official ribbon cutting. But the public is welcome to see the shelter.

It's nearly four times the size of the old one, giving many more animals a better chance of getting adopted.

“We have a bigger shelter,” says South Bend Animal Control Director Gary Libbey. “It's very nice, very friendly. We hope to get more volunteers, and move more animals out of here.”

The new shelter has separate rooms for strays and adoptable pets, to prevent diseases from spreading.

It also gives workers easier access to the facility with a garage that leads directly to an intake area.

An official opening ceremony with city officials is expected in about a month.

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