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City leaders join together for animal shelter groundbreaking

Friends of Newport Beach Animal Shelter (FONBAS) hosted the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday (January 20) for the city’s new Animal Shelter. 

On hand for the festivities were Mayor Kevin Muldoon, City Councilmembers Joy Brenner, Diane Dixon and Will O’Neill, along with other city officials, FONBAS board members, Police and Animal Control officers, major donors and volunteers.

City leaders group photo with balloons

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Courtesy of FONBAS

Members from across Newport Beach gather to celebrate the Animal Shelter’s groundbreaking

The new Shelter plans to provide a comfortable, healthy environment with the maximum opportunity for placement of lost or displaced animals in forever homes. It will include a single-story, 1,500-square-foot building with a 750-square-foot kennel to house dogs, cats and other animals, plus parking, a front-yard greeting area and a secure rear-yard exercise area.

The current shelter is leased and lacks many amenities necessary in a modern animal facility, yet almost 500 animals were still cared there each year. 

The new facility will be located at 20282 Riverside Drive, Newport Beach.

For more information or to become a member of FONBAS go to

City leaders rendering of facility

Courtesy of FONBAS

A rendering of the new planned Animal Shelter

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