Prairie Paws Adoption Center

Grand Prairie, Texas

Prairie Paws’s design approach to animal habitats increases the comfort level of animals and visitors, while helping staff efficiency and reducing the spread of disease. The separate animal intake lobby creates a special area for animal surrenders separated from the regular visitor entrance. This allows staff to control the incoming flow of animals and eliminates confusion and congestion that sometimes occurs in conventional shelter lobbies. Similarly, separate secure parking for shelter staff ensures protection for agency vehicles.

Natural light flows through clerestories and interior glass to flood the interior, including the staff support areas, inside the building core. A courtyard provides a pleasant gathering space for community events and visitors, and a rainwater collection system harvests rainwater from the roof into a cistern, which in turn provides water to irrigate the entire site, reducing utility expenses for the facility.


Completion Date: October 2003 • Size:  14,800 sf • Cost: $2.6 million • Dog habitats: 68 • Cat habitats: 42 • Get-Acquainted areas: 4 • Reptile and other habitats: 15
Contact: Fred Sanderson • Shelter Manager • 972.742.2299 •