Putnam County Animal Shelter

The Putnam County Animal Shelter is a one-story, 8,500 square foot facility located on a wooded, creek-side, rural site donated by the WV Division of Highways. The design is intended to be both rustic and playful to reflect the spirit of the facility and the nature of the site. The massing is hierarchical with an exterior expression of the interior space program. The design features a high volume element at the adoption entrance, a secondary mass at the incoming animal entry, and subordinate massing at the administrative wings and the main kennel to the rear. The differentiation in massing is also expressed in a change in exterior materials including horizontal and vertical siding and split-face CMU. The primary goal of the new shelter is to facilitate and maximize pet adoptions. It is critical that the space planning and interior environment clearly display the animals in a bright, clean, and relaxed environment. The facility must also be economical and easy to maintain.

Accordingly, the interior arrangement of spaces is intended to be simple and user friendly flowing from the adoption entry display areas at the main lobby directly to the main kennel. Dedicated display areas are provided for both kittens and puppies in the main lobby with direct adjacency to pet bonding areas.

This area features an abundance of natural light emanating from the high volume main entry element. A secondary public entry is provided to process, isolate, and treat incoming and sick animals. This wing features the service core with a dedicated isolation kennel, holding rooms, and procedure rooms. The opposite wing includes administrative offices. The primary public circulation is linked from the main entry to the kennel which features 44 stainless steel animal stalls centered in the space with perimeter circulation for maximum display and service of the animals. Finishes include durable, washable surfaces for ease of cleaning and maintenance throughout. Dedicated HVAC units serve the kennel, and the animal isolation areas utilize 100% outside make-up air to maintain a sanitary environment.


Putnam County Commission


Winfield, WV


8,000 gsf


New Construction


Healthcare, Recreation