Animal shelter opens Monday

Abby Cavenaugh

April 28, 2014

After a quick but thorough planning process, the Anson County Animal Shelter will open on Monday.

In anticipation of the first day of business at the county’s much-needed animal shelter, members of the Friends of the Anson County Animal Shelter board and other county officials took a tour of the facility on Friday morning.

Animal services director Becky Wilson led the tour, and introduced her staff — animal control officers Mark Pankey and Thomas Williams.

The animal shelter is the former home of Brown Creek Animal Hospital, and features plenty of room for the shelter to grow. “We have lots of room here,” Wilson said.

Animals that need to be quarantined will be kept in one set of kennels, while cats and dogs will also be separated. Animals that are ready for adoption will also be housed in one section together.

Already on Friday, the shelter was home to six puppies — five German Shepherd mixes and one Border Colly mix. None of the puppies have been named yet, but Wilson said she expects they will find their forever homes soon after the shelter opens.

The animal shelter property extends behind the building to include plenty of room for dogs to run and play, and also features space for a drop-off area for animals. “The drop-off area will be covered eventually, so animals can be dropped off in the rain,” said Wayne Raynor, interim Health Department director.

The animal shelter is still seeking donations of pet food and towels, as well as monetary donations. Those wishing to donate to the animal shelter should send checks or money orders to: Anson County Animal Shelter, 101 S. Greene St., Suite 205, Wadesboro, NC 28170.

A dedication and open house is set for May 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wilson said she hopes Anson County citizens will bring donations of towels and pet food.

The Anson County Animal Shelter can be reached at 704-994-APET.