El Cajon is located just east of the city of San Diego. Like many government-run animal shelters, they were under pressure from their community to improve or replace their outdated and undersized facility. The existing shelter had no interior space for housing dogs and the few outdoor dog kennels shared a continuous open trench drain. In 2004, voters approved a sales tax increase that was intended for the improvement of public safety facilities and a new animal shelter.

The city’s goal was to create a new community-based animal care center that could provide enhanced animal care and public services to the community and a safe environment that protects the health, safety, and welfare of the animals, employees, volunteers and the public.

The new 14,703 square-foot animal shelter includes 2,600 square feet of exterior covered outdoor yards and kennels and has the capacity to house up to 82 cats and 34 dogs. Included are features, finishes and materials specified for their performance, durability and aesthetics. The new facility was designed for efficiency and ease of maintenance. The city’s goal was to create an inviting animal resource center that would be the benchmark for the exemplary care of animals and a facility the people of El Cajon can be proud of.

Project Name

El Cajon Animal Shelter


El Cajon, California


14,700 Square Feet

What We Did

Schematic Design & Consulting