Humane Society

    A newly constructed privately owned animal shelter in the Mid-Atlantic region on the east coast contacted us because of what they initially described as “painful” noise bothering the pets and the staff. Initial readings were taken that showed an average decibel level of 106 dba with spikes ranging as high as 114dba.

    We reviewed the floor plans and layout of the facility and after running all the pertinent data through our simulation software, we were able to determine how much sound absorbent materials were needed to lower the reflection time down to acceptable levels in different areas of the facility.

    Due do a new director coming on board, we were asked to submit proposals that incorporated different types of absorption materials in different budget ranges for the new director to evaluate and present to the Board of Directors.

    After reviewing the proposals, requesting, receiving and evaluating samples and reviewing one last time the expected dba reduction, we ended up shipping a selection of sound absorbent panels. Part of the final selection process involved finding and evaluating materials that could be washed down and would not absorb odors.

    Once the final selection had been made the panels were installed throughout the facility, primarily in hallways and in the rooms where the pets were boarded. Installation was done by volunteers to help keep the project costs as low as possible.

    There was an almost immediate reduction in noise levels and a corresponding reduction in the amount of barking from the dogs, housed in the facility. As the noise levels dropped, the stress levels of the pets dropped, causing them to bark much less intensely and often.

    Before the installation was even complete, we received this comment from the facility Director:

    “I have already noticed a difference. Thank you so much for working with us. We are very happy with the install so far.”

    We were able to take what sounded to the client, like an insurmountable problem, apply simple “science” to determine what the outcome would be, and let the client decide which solution best fit their needs from an aesthetic, environmental and budgetary standpoint.

    Animal Shelter Hallway prior to soundproof installation

    Animal Shelter Hallway prior to soundproof installation

    Animal Shelter Hallway with sound absorbent panels installed on the walls

    Animal Shelter Hallway with sound absorbent panels installed on the walls.

    Sound Absorbing panels installed in pet boarding area

    Sound Absorbing panels installed in pet boarding area

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    Sound Absorbing panels installed in pet boarding area

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