Animal shelter starts fundraiser
The Guilford County Animal Shelter wants to “Raise the Roof” with a $5 million campaign for a new building.
Although county officials have discussed a new facility for years, money has not been available for upgrades or expansions.
The complex has two main structures and other smaller buildings. The original section of the shelter was built in 1940 and upgrades are needed, according to officials. The shelter usually houses around 800 to 900 animals, but not all of them are in the main building. A larger shelter would have better ventilated kennels.
“Our procedures and policies are state of the art, although the buildings may not be,” Shelter Director Marsha Williams has told county commissioners on several occasions.
United Animal Coalition has operated the shelter for the county since 1998. The county pays $1.6 million per year for the services. The shelter, at 4525 W. Wendover Ave., also has regular fundraisers every year.
“Whatever they need, I will support 100 percent,” said Board of Commissioners Chairwoman Linda Shaw. “They have needed a new place for a long time.”
The long-range county project improvements plan shows the county could contribute $5.6 million to a new shelter by 2016 if funds are available.
After raising one-fourth of their goal, shelter leaders will hire a planning consultant.
Donations: Supporters can donate now through adoptshelterpets.org.
Information: Contact the Guilford County Animal Shelter at (336) 297-5020 or e-mail the shelter at firstname.lastname@example.org