MARIETTA — Good news for Cobb’s feline residents.

The Humane Society of Cobb County has announced plans to build a $1 million shelter to house and care for cats. The new one-level, 2,500-square-foot shelter will feature a cageless environment to reduce stress, a kitten room, a bonding room, and suites dedicated to cats with special needs.

All cat rooms will offer generous window space, with views to the outdoors as well as interior windows. Cat-centric wall shelving will provide vertical space and enrichment. The facility will also feature a bonding room, where potential adopters can spend one-on-one time with animals they are considering adopting.

“This is an exciting new venture for us,” said Sarah Cant, humane society executive director. “The addition of this new building will have a dramatic effect on the number of animals we are able to help in Cobb County. Shelter stays for adoptable animals will be shorter, and we will be able to provide improved health and welfare for all those under our care.”

Cant said the new facilities will also help increase feline adoptions through their partnership with Java Cats Café Marietta, which houses some of the humane society’s cats.

The new building will be built at 553 Waterman Street behind the current shelter building at 148 Fairground Street.

The current shelter will remain open for both dogs and cats, and the society is planning renovations there to improve intake areas, isolation rooms and additional housing for dogs.

Groundbreaking is slated to begin in mid-July, and construction is targeted to be completed before the end of 2019.

“As an organization, we understand the importance of this project to our mission,” said Stephen Imler, society chairman. “This new structure will increase our ability to care for homeless animals and serve the community for a long time to come.”

For more information on the new facilities or to learn how to make a donation to the society, visit