animal pen pic

Photo courtesy of Pickens County Animal Shelter

Pickens BOC prioritizes improvements at animal shelter

BY TUCKER GREEN
Pickens County Information Officer

As part of their efforts to continually make improvements throughout county operations, the Pickens County Board of Commissioners (BOC) recently prioritized improvements at Pickens Animal Shelter. These improvements came in the form of revised policies to best serve the needs of both the animals and the public. Additionally, investments were made to improve conditions at the facility. The BOC believes these improvements will benefit the animals who seek refuge at the shelter and will aid the public in finding their next pet. It will also improve the overall health and safety for both the animals and staff.

Currently, all adoptions include: spay and neuter, rabies shots, first round of vaccinations, deworming, and in the coming weeks the shelter will implement microchipping for all animals. The shelter will also begin offering microchip clinics for owners’ animals at the rate of $20. New pricing has been implemented to accommodate the public and help animals find their permanent home at a faster rate.

All cats and kittens will now be free for adoption. Dogs and puppies will be $75 for adoption. Any dog that is held at the shelter for over 60 days will be free for adoption. The shelter will begin offering new hours to the public effective immediately. The new hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.; intake hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Saturdays the shelter will be open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. with intake hours from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The shelter is closed to the public on Sundays and Mondays.

Shelter goers will easily recognize new facility upgrades. Interior renovations include: deep cleaning, reorganized areas, fresh paint, and other upgrades. The outdoor kennels are also being improved to better accommodate the shelter animals. A new intake area is installed on the north end of the building and labeled with signage. The shelter staff asks that the public come inside the lobby and seek assistance from a staff member before entering the intake area with an animal.

A new exercise pen is installed, so staff and volunteers can walk and play with the shelter dogs. A new carport area is also now available, so the public can become acquainted with animals when searching for their next pet. The facility improvements have been well received by shelter goers, and most importantly the animals that call the shelter home.

The Pickens Animal Shelter always welcomes fosters and volunteers who must be at least 17 years old. The shelter is home to a great selection of both cats and dogs anxiously awaiting their new permanent home. If you’re interested in adopting, fostering or volunteering, please contact the shelter at 706-253-8988. Also, like Pickens Animal Shelter on Facebook or visit their website at www.pickensanimalshelter.com. To increase professional development amongst staff, the shelter will be closed on August 13 for training.

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