Renovations begin at Craven-Pamlico animal shelter

NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) – Construction and renovations began this week to improve the Craven-Pamlico Animal Service Center, including waterproof ceilings, improved AC, and newly painted walls.

The project also includes smaller improvements to provide more space and better living conditions for animals.

Veterinarian Tanya Osler encourages everyone to visit local shelters before buying pets, emphasizing that adoption saves lives.

“The animals we have here are really loving animals. Some of them are strays or were left with us due to their owner’s situation. These animals need love just like the purebred dogs,” Osler said.

The community has been supportive during the renovations. Jill’s Pet Resort, is housing 17 dogs while construction is underway. “The community came together, ready to help. We’re animal lovers and don’t want to see any pet without a home,” said Jill’s Pet Resort manager Lesha Kearney.

Osler noted that kitten season has added pressure, with a constant influx of kittens needing homes. “We’ve had a steady influx of kittens, from one day to four months old. We sent out 60 cats one day and got 40 the same day,” she said.

Renovations of the 16 kennels and new additions are expected to be completed within 60 to 90 days.

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