Greene County Animal Shelter receives $50,000 grant

GREENE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – One animal shelter in the east received $50,000 in funding for much-needed renovations.

The Greene County Animal Shelter is one of the nine shelters to receive a grant as part of the Animal Shelter Support Fund program.

The money, from the Animal Welfare Section of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, looks to help shelters improve facilities.

“The shelter is an open-air facility so we receive deterioration quickly from the elements and this will help the county budget as we go into the next budgeting season,” Greene County Manager Kyle Dehaven said.

Even after receiving $50,000 for upgrades to the fencing, flooring, and paint, lead animal control officer Shane Phillips said it took a lot of teamwork to get to this point.

“This place has come a long way since 2018 and we’re hoping it can only go up from here,” Phillips said.

This funding is the largest the shelter has ever received, and Phillips said the community should be prepared and excited.

“You know we’re going to try to make this place just as good if not better than it was before,” Phillips said.

Dehaven says he has spoken with a general contractor and hopes renovations can begin in the next two or three weeks.