Animal Shelter Design and Construction Experts

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Animal Shelter and Humane Society Construction

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Unique ideas.

Relevant designs.

Shelters for animals of all sizes.

Everyone has a different idea of what they want for their animal shelter. But they all want the same thing: a place where animals waiting for their forever home are treated with care. We’ll make that come to life.

Want to see more? Check out some designs we’ve done, and start to imagine your own.

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Project Type

Animal Shelters Designed Like Home.

Renovate an existing facility or start anew.

Our team of experts will help you design and build your dream space.

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Ground Up

From soil to the ceiling and everything in between, we’ll design and build your new clinic or clinics on-time and on-budget.


Your business is growing. You need space to grow more. Our team will make the new addition feel just like home.


If what’s inside no longer fits your needs, we’ll reimagine and rebuild in your existing space with minimal disruption.


Teaming with RWE Design Build means you have a partner who understands how to create the ideal space for keeping animals safe and comfortable.

The right animal shelter and kennel designs are those that help improve their health, behavior and emotional well-being. They also have to be warm and inviting to people who want to adopt. Our expertise means we can design an animal shelter that is the optimal space for animals and people.

The animal shelter building designs we create address specific challenges such as:

Providing Healthy Housing

Keeping animals healthy means cat and dog pound design has to make air quality, sanitation and acoustics top priorities. Our designs include environmental controls for reducing odors and removing harmful viruses and bacteria from the air. We also incorporate floor drains to make cleaning easier and adjustable lighting to soothe nervous animals.

Encouraging Adoption

Your goal is to help animals find their forever homes. Our cat and dog shelter designs create bright, friendly spaces where the bond between pet and person gets off on the right foot. This means an abundance of cheerful colors, open spaces and natural daylighting whenever possible. The spaces we design also prioritize outdoor areas where animals can play and socialize where they will be most comfortable.

Facilitating Functionality

We understand that your facility also is a place of business, and we take that into consideration when we design animal shelters. Our goal is to create spaces that are functional, easy to operate and enjoyable work areas for your employees. We plan layouts that are easy to navigate and offer a selection of durable materials that are easy to clean.

Saving Money

You can trust us to build an animal shelter that’s within your budget. Our experienced designers know how to get the maximum value with your specific financial constraints. You can depend on us to design your animal shelter so your facility will have the highest quality and aesthetic appeal.

Diverse Expertise

Our dog shelter kennel designs are just one of the many types of projects we can deliver when it comes to animal care. We’re also experienced in designing and building veterinary clinics; specialty/emergency care facilities; and boarding, grooming and daycare facilities. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our capabilities for animal care build projects.

Client Testimonials

Helping Animal Shelters Make Their Visions a Reality

Our clients share their vision. We make it a reality. Check out what they had to say post-construction!

Hinsdale Humane Society lobby.

“The quality of work was first rate and I couldn’t have asked for a better management team for my project. I would absolutely use RWE again and I recommend them often.”

Hinsdale Humane Society

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“RWE made our Adoption Center vision a reality from the inside out. Our beautiful new center would be nothing without their guidance and expertise and we truly cannot thank them enough for their partnership over the last several months to bring everything to life!”

Second City Canine

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“It is clear that RWE strives to make the client happy. I knew very early on that this was more than a job to RWE – their passion was building great buildings.”

Emily Klehm, South Suburban Humane Society

Make Decisions With A Partner Who Protects Your Interests

Building a new animal shelter is a series of important decisions. We’re going to help you make the choices that work best for your business goals — and then make those decisions a reality.

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Our Proven Animal Care Construction Process


Your new facility is key to your business. We take that seriously. We know dog daycare building design is different from other types of construction, and our experts understand the many unique considerations for these spaces. For example, open rooms where playtime occurs should include noise-minimizing materials such as acoustic panels and tiles. Doing so helps minimize noise, decrease animal stress, and allow for better communication between employees and staff and customer interactions. It’s also essential to design common pet areas with sections so that animals that do not get along can be separated from one another while still enjoying their daycare experience.
We also have grooming and boarding design expertise that separates us from other design-build firms and general contractors. There are distinct space needs for each stage of the grooming process (bathing, drying, and grooming), so we recommend having three separate rooms for each.

● Bathing rooms require adequate waterproofing, plumbing, draining, and proper HVAC because of the excessive humidity that accumulates within them.
● Drying rooms are loud not only from the animals but also from the drying machines. We’ll often segregate the blower motors from the drying room to minimize animal noise, ultimately decreasing animal stress while prioritizing technician welfare.
● Grooming rooms require efficient layouts for optimal workflow, adequate storage spaces for supplies, and both overhead and task lighting.

For animal boarding facilities, flooring is a top priority. We ensure proper waterproofing and recommend installing non-slip flooring materials to eliminate dog injuries. It's advantageous to have smaller pods or neighborhoods when boarding animals versus having fifty dogs in one room. Segregating the animals controls noise, but more importantly, helps contain contagious substances, limiting the risk of all animals in your facility becoming exposed to respiratory diseases. The HVAC air exchanges are also crucial to minimizing diseases, so we recommend using UV filters to limit pathogens that can gain traction. Lastly, incorporating natural light is also essential for animal welfare, as boarding can often be incredibly stressful for animals and lead to out-of-character behavioral issues. Thus, our boarding facility designs often recommend skylights and several windows.

Choosing our pet care design build services means you can have what works best for your specific clientele.

Here’s how we work with you. There is no pressure, just partnership.

1. Consultation

Free consultation process where we learn your goals, talk about ideas, and see if we’re the right fit for you.

2. Needs Analysis

A needs analysis is a low-cost way for you to find out the promises, challenges, and costs of your potential project.

3. Design

Here we design a clinic that fits your goals, maximizes your profit, and celebrates your unique ideas. We pay close attention to ensuring maximum safety for your staff, animals, and visitors and keeping you compliant with all relevant requirements.

4. Bidding

We award our subcontractors with your project while you focus on financing with one of our preferred partners.

5. Build

Get building with our trusted network of contractors so you can open your doors on-time and on-budget.

6. Closeout

Warranties are provided, a final quality assurance walk through is completed by our team, your training occurs and the keys are yours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Commercial Construction FAQs

These are just some of the many questions our clients are seeking answers for.

From the beginning stages of your dog daycare facility design build project to post-occupancy, we are here to answer them for you.

Have more questions? Reach out to our team of experts.

What is design-build and how is it helpful?

Design-build is a project delivery method where a single entity is responsible for both the design and construction phases. It streamlines communication, reduces risks, and enhances collaboration, resulting in cost and time savings.

What if I don't have a location yet?

We can introduce you to one of our preferred real estate partners to help with selection. We will coordinate the due diligence process whether it's a lease space or a real estate purchase.

How do we know this project is right for us?

We’re on your side. We treat your money like ours, and only recommend what is in the best interest of your business goals.

I'm a start-up veterinary or medical practice, can you help me?

Of course! We work with independent business owners and corporate networks. Whether you are looking to build one location or many, we're the partner to make your vision become a reality.

Our experience doesn’t stop at specialty animal care exterior renovations. We work on a wide range of animal care facilities, including veterinary clinics, animal shelters, and boarding, grooming, and daycare facilities.


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