Animal Shelter Task Force

December 2018

The City of Liberty is currently in contract negotiations with the top project proposer.

August 2018

The Liberty Animal Shelter task force have asked three of the design-build teams that responded to its Request for Qualifications to submit proposals for the new animal shelter. The project is on track to be a awarded to a design-build team by the end of October. 

June 20, 2018

The Liberty Animal Shelter task force members and staff toured the Great Plains SPCA Adoption Center in Independence. 


June 13, 2018

In their ongoing quest for ideas for a new Animal Shelter, task force members and staff toured the Shor-Line Manufacturing headquarters in Kansas City, Kan. Shor-Line is an international company that has manufactured high-quality animal housing for the last 60 years. 

AS TF Shor Line Tour Pic 3 for web

May 30, 2018

The Animal Shelter Task Force toured the recently opened Liberty Camp Bow Wow as part of their ongoing efforts to research facilities and collect ideas for Liberty's new shelter.

May 17, 2018

The City of Liberty is Requesting Qualifications for Design-Build Teams for a new animal shelter on City-owned property. The City will contract with a design-build team to complete the animal shelter project.  Request for Qualifications Details has closed.

May 16, 2018

The Animal Shelter Task Force visited two recent City of Liberty construction projects -- the Utilities Operations Center and Fire Station #1 -- to gather ideas for the new animal shelter. They also visited a possible site for the shelter near the Utilities Operations Center. 

May 7, 2018

An Animal Shelter Task Force, comprised of individuals who are Liberty residents, business owners, veterinarians and elected officials met with City staff for the first time on May 7. The task force will work with staff and a yet-to-be selected design-build team to begin designing a new animal shelter. As part of their research, the task force will visit several area shelters and rescue organizations as well as recent City construction and remodel projects in the coming weeks. The task force is also looking at fundraising, grant and crowdfunding opportunities to provide additional funding beyond the $2.5 million from projected Use Tax revenues.

Task Force Members

  • Laurie Brown
  • Dr. Joe Howard
  • Councilwoman Rae Moore
  • Dr. Chris Morrow
  • Dr. Lori Rohlfing
  • Bill Taylor
  • Councilman Jeff Watt

April 3, 2018

In April 2018, Liberty voters approved a 3/8-cent Use Tax with a vote of

Yes: 70.13% (2,839)
No: 29.87% (1,209)

If revenue from this tax comes in as projected it will provide support for general City operations as well as for some capital improvements, including $2.5 million for replacement of an outdated and inadequate animal shelter.