WINFIELD — Animals in need of “forever homes” in Putnam County should have a more comfortable wait, now that the county’s new animal shelter is open for business.
The ribbon was cut on Tuesday to officially open the much-anticipated, state-of-the-art shelter.
The new building, which dwarfs the former shelter, can hold up to 24 dogs and 32 cats. It is three times larger than the old shelter, which was about the size of a double-wide house trailer.
Volunteer Karen Haynes, who has led the charge for more than nine years to raise funds for the new shelter, while also volunteering hundreds of hours at the old shelter, was given the honor of cutting the ribbon on Tuesday.
The new shelter is not only larger; it also has better ventilation and layout, which is intended to limit the spread of disease among the animals.
The new shelter, located off of W.Va. 62, offers dogs for $40 and casts for $35; the adoption fee covers the animals’ first shots and sterilization by the shelter’s veterinarian. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; closed Sundays.
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