Stray dogs soon will have temporary new homes at the Lawrence animal shelter, 1805 E. 19th.
Construction and remodeling of 24, inside-outside kennels, which has been under way since December, should be completed in about a week, shelter manager Roma Tesch said.
The new kennels, located on the east side of the animal shelter, will double the space used by the shelter to house stray dogs, she said.
"We got to the point where the 12 (existing kennels) were full year 'round," Tesch said. "But we haven't even been able to use the kennels that we already have because of the construction."
The new kennels are 4 feet by 8 feet on the inside. Each kennel has a "guillotine" door leading to a fenced, outside section, which is 4 feet by 12 feet.
In addition to the kennels, the project includes new sidewalks, an access driveway from the parking lot to the new kennels and drainage improvements.
Total cost of the improvements is about $80,000, said Pam Olmsted, vice president of the Lawrence Humane Society, which helps fund the shelter.
Olmsted said the improvements were long overdue. Funds to pay for the project were used from an animal shelter capital improvements fund that accumulated over a 12-year-period, she said.
"It's scary to spend that much money for a non-profit group," Olmsted said. "We're not doing this for fun. It something that needed to be done because we just don't have any room."
Olmstead added that the shelter does not plan additional improvements for several years.
The new kennel area will house stray dogs that are brought to the shelter by area residents or Lawrence animal control officers.
Dogs in the temporary kennels longer than three days without a claim from an owner become the property of the anmial shelter, Tesch said.
After three days, dogs will be moved into the shelter's adoption kennels, depending on their temperament. Dogs not adopted and ill-tempered dogs are humanely destroyed on a periodic basis.