I thought about the money going into an "expansion" of a building and thought it's a little high. Given that it's no secret that NSAL is just a cover to tax write offs and pay friends of friends. Do a little research on costs of actual animal shelters. New shelters and not just expansions to this terrible one. These are the first few that come up and they might not be that great either. I'm sure everyone from NSAL employees to construction companies will be making out on Howies friends who donated and few "fans". http://progress-index.com/news/anim...proceed-despite-higher-cost-estimate-1.782336 7,199-square-foot facility that would house 50 dog kennels, 10 more than the existing shelter; and 41 cat cages, 17 more than the current facility. It would be built from durable, low-maintenance materials and would incorporate a variety of energy-saving measures. "two experienced local contractors" to get cost estimates for the facility and that the estimated construction cost was $1.8 million to $1.9 million, or $257 per square foot. He noted that the average cost per square foot of the Henrico, King George and Amherst shelters was $256. http://www.berkeleyside.com/2013/01/31/berkeley-to-celebrate-new-city-animal-shelter-saturday/ $12.4 million when all is said and done, opened in November after more than a decade in development, as an appropriate site proved elusive, and the venue that ultimately was selected posed a range of challenges during design and construction. The new shelter features a $272,000 medical suite to handle lab work and on-*site spay and neuter procedures, as well as everything from teeth cleaning and laceration repairs to eye and limb removal. There are habitat rooms where cats can socialize with a view of Aquatic Park; fenced* animal play areas; and indoor*-outdoor kennels. Itâ€™s decked out in Crate and Barrel furniture â€” the company donated $24,000 worth thanks to volunteer efforts â€” and includes a volunteer lounge, community training room, public restrooms, laundry room and kitchens with sanitizing dishwashers.