JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

A new Washington County, Johnson City Animal Shelter is one step closer to becoming reality.

On Wednesday, the Animal Control Board approved the design and plan for the shelter.

Shelter Director Debbie Dobbs says the new shelter will be more modern, with inside kennels for all of the dogs and cats. Dobbs says there will also be better air conditioning for the animals.

We learned that six out of every 10 animals that come into the shelter are euthanized, and Dobbs says that's something that will change with the new facility. "We’ll hold animals longer, give them more adoption time, more chance for the right family to come through to be adopted," she said.

The price tag on the updated shelter is around $1.6 million. Johnson City gave $1.5 million to the project, the shelter raised some money, and the rest will come from donors.

Dobbs says they are still in need of donations; if you would like to help, you can contact the animal shelter at (423) 926-8769.

Dobbs says they hope to start construction the first week of April.