January 3rd , 2014 10:00 am Leave a comment

Shelter staff gives high marks to new home

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Photo by Brandon Hicks

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Shelter employee Wendy Mathes picks up Ray, a pug mix, to care for him while workers put the finishing touches on his kennel gate.

Photo by Brandon Hicks

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Elizabethton/Carter County Shelter Director April Jones fills out paperwork for the adoptable animals in the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter.

The Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter has settling into its new building, and shelter staff say the new facility is an improvement over the old structure.

“It has been pretty good so far,” said shelter director April Jones. “There has been a lot of activity.”

Jones said the new shelter was cleaner, safer for the animals and more functional than the older building.

Another big improvement? The new building is “rodent-free.”

“That is huge,” she said. “It was a big issue and it was something we worried about all the time.”

Another improvement is that the main dog kennels in the building have guillotine doors that separate inside and outside spaces. This makes it easier for staff to clean the kennels while leaving the dog in the space.

“We can put that door down and have the door on the inside or the outside, clean the other side and not worry about the dog getting wet,” Jones said. “Cleaning is definitely working better here.”

The shelter also has a new cat isolation room to keep the feral cats separate from the tame, adoptable cats.

“This helps keep the public safe,” Jones said. “When we had the cats together, we could put signs on the door but they would still stick their finger or their hand in the cage, and they could get bit or scratched.”

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