Replace Animal Welfare Building

A City of Stillwater Critical Need:
Animal Welfare Building

Photos of the Animal Welfare Building
Photos of the Animal Welfare Building

About the Project

Believe it or not, the Karen Kay Mullendore Municipal Animal Complex at 1710 S. Main St. was too small, over-crowded and outdated almost from the day it opened in 1984. Home to both Animal Welfare and the Humane Society of Stillwater, the building was meant to be a small animal shelter, but the needs of the community quickly expanded to include additional animal welfare services. 

Why now?

The building has become a fiscal burden to the City of Stillwater. It makes sense to replace the building now so that the needs of the community will be met in the best and most resourceful manner possible, while providing outstanding care for Stillwater’s pets and animals.

Other Concerns

  • Structural integrity continues to degrade and continuous maintenance drives operation costs up.
  • Regular repairs needed for leaking roof, open drains and unleveled floors.
  • HVAC system creates condensation and rust.
  • A 42-square foot lobby serves as the point of both the surrender and adoption of animals. It is also where dirty laundry waits for pick-up.
  • Inadequate parking and poor traffic flow restrict or even discourages volunteers and prospective adopters from visiting.
  • Not ADA compliant and restricted from expansion due to the adjacent floodplain.
  • Medical supplies and internet cables/electrical wiring are housed in a cramped garage closet with no air conditioning.
  • One restroom (with one toilet and one shower) for all staff and volunteers at both shelters to share. There is no restroom for visitors.
  • Lack of kennel space does not allow for best animal welfare practices including the separation of cats and dogs and well and unwell animals.
  • No dedicated, private area for Animal Welfare or Humane Society staff to deal with sensitive issues or conduct educational training with animal welfare officers, volunteers or the public.

Mary Dickey serves as the Animal Welfare director. You may reach her at 405.372.0334 or

Content last reviewed 12.30.19.