Letter From The Chief: Vance County’s Homeless Animals Getting Much Deserved New Shelter
It’s been more than 40 years in the making and I couldn’t be happier to announce that Vance County is officially getting a brand new shelter to better serve and protect the homeless animals from Dabney, Henderson, Kittrell, Middleburg, Cokesbury/Sandy Creek, Townsville, Drewery, and Watkins North Carolina.
The new shelter will more than triple in size at 8,700 square feet and will include approx. 130 cages and kennels, a large reception and waiting area, separate exam and intake space, offices and conference space. On January 21st at 10:00 a.m., we will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new shelter on Brodie Road in Henderson. The builder is Riggs Harrod in Durham and construction will start in February 2016.
We’ve been working tirelessly over the last 5 years to improve the laws, ordinances, and living conditions for the animals in this county. This includes the elimination of the gas chamber, low-cost spay and neuter clinics, free rabies clinics and now the addition of a new animal shelter is our biggest win.
In this new space, we’ll be able to house more animals which will help to decrease the euthanasia rate due to lack of space. Additionally, we’ll be able to house all animals indoors and will no longer have them in kennels outdoors where they’re unprotected from the elements. Our current shelter was built in 1978 and houses a mere 43 cats and 50 dogs at one time.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has donated and worked to help us raise the money for the new building. We’ve held a number of events and fundraisers and have received donations from animal lovers across the country—the support of this community has been overwhelming. Please continue to donate as this helps get the much needed equipment for the shelter: https://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/the-new-vance-county-animal-shelter/186485
Thank you for your support,
Vance County Animal Control Chief