3-Minute Interview: Lisa Simmons 

The executive director of the nonprofit Pets In Need will host a grand reopening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at 871 Fifth Ave. in Redwood City.

What is Pets In Need? Pets in Need is the first no-kill adoption center serving the Bay Area. We opened in 1965 and were founded as a no-kill shelter. Our founders began rescuing dogs and cats long before no kill was known.

How many animals are adopted annually? We typically adopt out 1,000.

How has that changed in the past few years? We had to downsize while our old shelter was being rebuilt. We did not hit 1,000 animal adoptions last year, but it was important for us to continue to save lives so we found an old garage repair place in Redwood City and continued to adopt as many animals as we could.

Tell me about this new shelter. The new shelter is all about the animals. We went from 14 dog runs to 18 available apartments and multiple dog houses. We also have community cat housing and kitty condos for those cats that don’t get along so well with others.

Today is the grand reopening. What can people expect? People can expect to come to a shelter that is environmentally friendly for the animals and human occupants.

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