The Pickens County Animal Shelter will officially open on March 1, 2011 and there was an open house on February 10th for government officials, animal rescue organizations, local veterinarians and the media. The shelter has a lean staff with Director Christina Voyles, two Animal Control officers, Joey Hancock and Tony Hyde, and inmates will help with upkeep of the facility.
The size of the Shelter is impressive with 61 large cages, 32 smaller cages for small dogs/puppies and a cat room with 36 cages and its own ventilation. There is an exam and wash room and the incinerator is located in a separate building behind the shelter.
Since the shelter is already housing animals, there were many who were choosing their next pet at the open house but most were already flagged with a pink post-it note stating "Adoption Pending". Christina's goal is to get as many pets adopted as possible and many are sent out of state by various rescue organizations.
Animals picked up that appear to belong to someone have a five day waiting period before they'll be placed for adoption. All healthy animals have ten days before they're considered to be 'put down'.
The animal control officers will be issuing citations for animal cruelty and repeat offenders or aggravated animal cruelty could face jail time based on the Georgia Animal Protection Act that was passed in 2000.
If you're looking for a pet, please consider adopting one from the shelter and you can find adoptable animals at the shelter on Petfinder.com. Click here for direct link.
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