Placer County Animal Services Center

Auburn, CA

The Placer County Animal Services Center is designed to encourage people to interact with adoptable animals in light-filled, welcoming spaces. The compact yet functional program areas promote operational efficiency and provide services for all types of animals. The one and two story steel and wood structure features an interior courtyard, complex roof structure, and incorporates best practices for animal care and safety, as well as comfort for the animals. The collaborative design-build team, distinctive architecture, and innovative design features earned the project both DBIA Western Region Design Excellence and Distinction Awards. 

Quick Facts

  • Size: 29,500 SF
  • Architect: Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture
  • The sloped roofs and canopies at the front of the building are sloped to appear as if a giant has pushed down on the front-most corner
  • Integrated inside the facility are the latest best practices for disease control, odor control, and acoustics
  • Construction Cost: $22,100,000
  • Contractor: Unger Construction Company
  • A barn and paddock are situated in the southeast corner of the site with the ability to house horses, donkeys, cows, sheep and goats
  • Certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council


  • 2017 DBIA Western Pacific Region - Distinction Award 

Photo credit: David Wakely Photography