The Regina Humane Society is asking Regina City Council for help planning a new home to replace its cramped headquarters at the north edge of the city.
The existing building on Armour Road that was built over 30 years ago does not meet minimum health and safety standards, Humane Society officials said.
They also think the facility is simply too small and too far away from the city centre.
However, upgrading the building is not an option, due to the advanced state of the deterioration, according to a report going to city council tonight.
Among the problems that have been identified are asbestos in the food storage areas and insufficient ventilation.
The plan is to build a new facility inside the city limits, but that will take a lot more money than the Humane Society has right now.
It had asked a city committee for $200,000 to start planning for the new place, but a city hall committee backed away from that.
Instead, city officials will be authorized to negotiate how much the agency will receive for planning.
The Human Society had a contract with the city to handle animal control and run a shelter that expired at the end of 2013.
Council will be asked tonight to extend that contract for another year.