After seven years, the wait for the opening of the new Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center is almost over.

The current shelter, located at 4852 Sand Road south of Iowa City, will be closed on Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11 so that staff can move animals and operations to the newly constructed 11,236 sq. ft. facility at 3910 Napoleon Lane, off of Gilbert Street south of Iowa City. It will resume regular business hours in its new building on Wednesday, August 12.

A grand opening celebration at the new Animal Care and Adoption Centeris being planned for later in the fall, but a date has not yet been finalized.

The old shelter, which was located on Kirkwood Avenue east of the old North Wastewater Treatment Plant, was destroyed in the floods of 2008, after which animals and staff took up long-term temporary residence in space adjacent to Dave Long Protective Products on Sand Road.

The new facility will offer many more amenities than the previous shelter, including separate housing areas for different species as well as for sick and injured animals; a medical / surgical room; air exchange system in each room; and energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling systems. The new facility will serve Iowa City, Coralville, University Heights, the University of Iowa, and rural Johnson County.

For more information, contact Animal Center Supervisor Liz Ford at 319-356-5295 or e-mail


Date of publication

Tuesday, July 28, 2015