The Anson County Animal Shelter plans to open its doors in April.
Rep. Mark Brody and town and county officials toured the new facility last Tuesday. The county recently purchased the former Brown Creek Animal Hospital on U.S. 74 in Polkton. The 5,500-square-foot building can hold up to 100 cats and dogs in addition to space for treatment and grooming rooms and office space, Sheriff Tommy Allen said.
The shelter will hopefully lower the amount of stray animals in the county, as well as decrease the euthanasia rate. “The county wants to adopt out as many dogs and cats as possible,” Allen said. “The current euthanasia rate for the county is about 96 percent, a number that is too large for anyone to ignore any longer. The county wants to reverse that to 90 percent-plus for adoptions.”
Anson County Manager Lawrence Gatewood said that the building will not need any major renovations and is excited for the opening. “This is a much needed step for many, many years,” he said. “We are very excited about opening an animal shelter here in Anson County and having it staffed and open this spring.”
Gatewood thanked Dr. Danny Wright of Brown Creek Animal Hospital for his partnership with the county.
Gatewood also thanked the county commissioners and the towns for their support. “We wish to also thank the towns of Polkton, Lilesville, Ansonville, Morven, Wadesboro, McFarlan and Peachland for their kind support on this project!” Gatewood said.
The plan is to start a 501(c) (3) non-profit “Friends of the Animal Shelter” organization to continually support the shelter and related projects, Allen said. The donations would be used for ongoing adoption costs and other expenses.
Allen said that a notice will be placed in the local papers in the next few weeks announcing the date, time and place for the volunteer organizational meeting.