Lenoir County holds ribbon cutting for new animal shelter

LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – The new SPCA shelter in Lenoir County, which was three years in the making, now has 33 kennels, that can all be split in half so they can hold a total of 66 dogs and plenty of room with multiple areas for the cats.

The new shelter was celebrated with a ribbon cutting Monday and is a big upgrade from where they were.

“We have been working out of an old shelter probably about 7 years old that was never even designed to be a dog shelter, it was an old bathhouse,” said The Lenoir County SPCA President, Tonya Adams.

One Lenior County resident, who has adopted several animals from the old facility said while every animal deserves a forever home, this shelter will help with their wellbeing.“This facility here is a lot nicer than what they had so that’s good for them to at least have a little bit better quality of life,” said Bill Newberry.

The total cost of the shelter is $3.7 million. The shelter raised $2 million on its own and the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development provided $1.7 million. “This is truly a unique day and a very happy day knowing we’re bringing together people and animals to help enrich each other’s lives,” said Robert Kerns, a spokesperson for USDA rural development.

The new shelter also has a laundry room and an outdoor play area and will start moving all the animals over to the new facility on Tuesday.

“Hopefully, it’ll shine a little extra spotlight on us and we can get some animals moved out,” said Adams.

They will open to the public on Monday, the 25th. Their hours are Monday and Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

It costs $130.00 to adopt a dog and $75.00 for a cat. Both fees include a microchip, spay or nuter, and up-to-date vaccinations.