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New animal shelter features 'meet and greet' room

Madison Furguson visits with a prospective pet at the shelter.

By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

The Carbon County Animal Shelter has a new location and a new phone number.

The new phone number - which as yet is not in the phone books - is (435) 636-3747.

The new location is on Airport Road just north of the Carbon County Road Shops (2900 North). It is, after years of planning and work, a state-of-the-art animal shelter that probably eclipses any other in the state.

A dream of animal lovers around the county and of Animal Control Director Doreen McCourt, the new shelter provides adequate room and facilities to take care of almost all kinds of animals.

It even has an "Odd Animals" room for those non-traditional pets that appear from time to time.

The $1.5 million structure and grounds sports a drive-in garage area where food can be stored, a large dog kennel area (which has 23 separate kennels) which will accommodate dozens of animals and a special cat area that will make it easy for those looking for a lost animal or wanting to adopt one to see the felines up and close. The cat enclosures (45 of them) are glass on the side looking into the hall so people can view the animals. Each cat cage has a small separate enclosure on the side of each so the litter boxes can be placed outside of the main cages. Vertically they can also be open three at a time to each other so cats can socialize with one another.

Off the reception/office area of the shelter are two rooms labeled Meet and Greet Rooms. They are there so prospective adoptive parents of dogs and cats can spend some time with an animal in the seclusion of a special room that is set up just for that. It gives people a chance to get to know the animal in a very quiet and positive setting.

The shelter also has a spacious exam room where animals can be examined and treated. It also includes a special bath facility to clean up animals. There are quarantine enclosures for animals in the various areas of the facility.

Outside the area is well protected and fenced to protect animals and the community. Walk in outside kennels allow people looking at dogs the chance to get close up and personal without risking any danger.

Still under construction is the area for large animals in back of the shelter. A barn has been erected and soon corrals will be going up.

Of course, for McCourt the goal is to have as few animals in the shelter as possible. She wants people to take care of their animals and to make sure they have them "neutered or spayed" so there isn't an overabundance of cats and dogs in the county.

The old days of the "dog catcher" are long gone. Animal specialist who work at the shelter are passionate about taking care of the animals properly and restoring them to their owners. Nothing is worse than having to have dogs, cats and other animals be put down because no one wants them.

The new shelter will serve the county well for many years. Constructed with Community Impact Board and energy money, it is built to last and be adquate for the job it needs to do for decades.

The shelter is open Monday thorugh Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Fridays it is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. And on Saturdays the shelter is open from 8 a.m. to noon.

The public is invited to come see the new shelter and to see the positive work being done with animals at the facility.




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