After years of careful planning and design, in late May 2017, the City of El Cajon began construction of the new El Cajon Animal Shelter. 

The El Cajon Animal Shelter, a 14,703-square-foot one-story building with a 2,600-square- foot exterior, will include administrative offices, housing for animals, veterinary services for sick and injured sheltered animals, grooming, play/interaction areas, pet adoption services, an exercise area, and more. The new shelter doubles the size of the current 50-year-old shelter, located nearby at 1275 N. Marshall Avenue.

The modern facility will cost approximately $9.3 million and is funded by Proposition O special revenues, the half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in November of 2004 specifically for improvements to public safety facilities and a new animal shelter.  The special tax ended in 2015.

Fixtures Used

• Vekter Surface

• Martini Surface


• Ferguson Pape Baldwin Architects

Photo credit - Paul Turang Photography