Animal shelter director hired; facility still slated to open in April

Abby Cavenaugh

March 26, 2014

The Anson County Animal Shelter is slated to open by the end of next month, and Rebecca Wilson has been hired as the animal services director at the shelter.

Wilson will begin her duties on March 31. She lives in the Burnsville community and previously worked at Brown Creek Animal Hospital in Polkton for six years, before becoming an animal care specialist for the Union County Animal Shelter. As an animal care specialist, she prepares animals for adoption, vaccinates them and provides hands-on care for the animals at the Union County shelter.

“She is state certified as a rabies vaccinator and euthanasia technician, both fundamental requirements of the job,” County Manager Lawrence Gatewood said. “I am thrilled that we have been successful in attracting a well-qualified, enthusiastic and an experienced individual to lead our animal services program.”

Wilson said she’s thrilled, as well, to be able to help provide much needed animal shelter services in Anson County. “I know this is something our county has needed for a long time,” she said.

The Anson County Animal Shelter will hopefully provide a haven for animals in Anson County, Wilson said. “I’m hoping to help residents of our county that can no longer take care of their animals to have other options,” she added, “especially if their animals are in good shape and are already well taken care of.”

She also hopes that the shelter will give county residents a place to adopt pets, rather than going to neighboring counties to find adoptable cats and dogs. Wilson plans to partner with groups like Petfinder and rescue organizations to adopt as many animals as possible.

“To start, we will do adoptions by appointment only,” she said, adding that regular operating hours will be forthcoming. The animal shelter will rely upon donations, and Gatewood said he has asked several town councils throughout the county to consider donating at least $1 per resident. He’s also reached out to retailers to let them know if they have a damaged bag of pet food, the shelter will take it.

The county will fund $75,000 in start-up costs, and Gatewood reiterated the shelter is scheduled to be open by the end of April.

Those wishing to donate to the animal shelter should send donations to: Anson County Animal Shelter; 101 S. Greene Street, Suite 205; Wadesboro, NC 28170.