The Humane Society of McCormick County more than doubled the size of its animal shelter space when it dedicated a new dog shelter last Thursday evening.
“We’ve got about 2,500 square feet under the roof of the new dog shelter,” said Humane Society President Dave Rollison. “It took more than six months to build, but we were within budget.”
A crowd of about 150 people attended the ribbon cutting of the new custom-built shelter. It features six inside pens on each side of the building with little doggie doors to permit the dogs to go outside to exterior pens.
The shelter can accept six fully-grown dogs and several litters of pups. It has a concrete floor, storage room, rest room and kitchen with a washer and dryer. An attic fan offers cooler temperatures in the summer time, and there is an outside bath station and a storage building.
“There is also a separate quarantine area to house dogs that are possibly diseased,” Rollison said. “We saved considerable money by moving existing pens from our former shelter area.”
Veda Andrews made sure that two major donors were recognized. “This land and buildings would not be possible without Paul and Jan Snyder, former Savannah Lakes Villagers,” she said. “Jan donated $20,000 when Paul died, then left us another $59,000 when she died.”
Town and Country Contractors of Greenwood, who built the existing cat shelter, built the new dog shelter, along with a lot of volunteer help by Humane Society members. The society was willing to adopt animals out during the evening and accept donations. The McCormick Lions Club stepped up mightily with a $550 check to the society.
Guests included the entire staff of Lincolnton Animal Hospital, which handles the bulk of the society’s veterinarian needs. Government officials included State Representative Anne Parks and County Councilman Byron Thompson.