Texas is set to open the first-ever animal hospital in Houston.
The hospital, which is expected to open in 2019, will serve a diverse population of animals including horses, pigs, cows, cats, dogs, cats and birds.
The facility is expected not only to treat the animals but also provide education, enrichment and therapy to help them live healthier and happier lives.
The Texas Hospital Association said the facility will be the first animal facility in the country to treat more than 20,000 pets and more than 1,200 people.
“I am incredibly excited to see this new facility, the first of its kind in the state of Texas, to serve so many animals,” Texas Hospital CEO Chris Pappas said in a press release.
“It will also be the beginning of a long-term commitment to our animal-friendly vision and to our dedicated staff who will be working with our patients and the public to make sure our new facility is a safe, caring, and welcoming place for all our pets.”
The facility, which will have a capacity of 250,000 square feet, will have six buildings that are being constructed to house the animals.
The facilities are being built with the help of a $2.5 billion federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Texas Department of State Health Services, is providing construction and construction management services for the facility.
The department also is building a new veterinary hospital in the area.
“These new facilities are the next logical step in our commitment to improving animal care,” said Texas Gov.
With the help and leadership of this state, we are on the verge of opening the first in Texas to care for animals in need.”