ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -

The end is in sight for construction at the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter.

The director of the shelter says they held an open house to thank donors this past weekend.

The new facility is around 6,000 square feet, which is about 5,000 more than the old shelter.

There are just a few more kennels left to build and some extra equipment to bring in.

This configuration will provide more separation between animals to help with disease prevention.

The goal is to have animals in the shelter by the end of this month.

"This new animal shelter is a much brighter and more customer-friendly location.  So, we're hoping with this new facility we'll be able to draw in a lot more adopters," said April Jones, Director of the Carter County Animal Shelter.

The new shelter will also provide a much better living environment for the animals until they're adopted.