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Photos: Berkeley’s new animal shelter is officially open

The grand opening of the Dona Spring Municipal Animal Shelter took place on Saturday Feb. 2. Photo: Nancy Rubin

This weekend saw the official opening of Berkeley’s new animal shelter, the Dona Spring Municipal Animal Shelter.

It was 10 years ago that voters approved a $7.2 million bond to build a new home to care for abandoned and sick animals, the shelter cost $5 million more than the original budget, and it is in a smaller space than the city originally envisioned. (We published the full story on how the shelter came to be on Jan. 31.)

However, on Saturday, it was all about celebrating its arrival. Berkeleyside contributing photographer Nancy Rubin captured the flavor of the opening ceremony with these wonderful photos. See the full set on her Flickr gallery.

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Photo: Nancy Rubin

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Photo: Nancy Rubin

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Photo: Nancy Rubin

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Photo: Nancy Rubin

Related:
After a decade Berkeley celebrates new animal shelter [o1.31.13]
New Berkeley animal shelter is finally rising [08.12.11]
Free adoptions at Berkeley Animal Shelter this weekend [06.03.11]
Pets of the homeless to get help at People’s Park clinic [05.19.11]
Aquatic Park cleans up, tackles brackish reputation [08.09.10]

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  • Deena Loeffler

    Wonderful photos! Nancy captures the wonderful spirit of the day.