Williamson County selected Jackson & Ryan Architects to design an expansion to the county's existing animal shelter, enabling it to serve homeless animals for the next several decades. Leading-edge shelter design principles will be implemented through this project. Objectives include energy conservation for this energy-intensive building type, stress reduction and disease management for the animals it houses, odor/noise control, operational efficiency and isolation of animal populations by age, health and temperament. Two expanded, re-purposed buildings provide a surgical wing, doubled housing capacity, and a single point of animal intake. A new staff corridor eases operations, connecting existing buildings to the new two-story adoption wing carved into the slope. The bridged entrance, veiled in a basket-like wooden screen, introduces an activity-rich indoor-outdoor hub that pleasantly engages adopters seeking to give animals in need a new home.