The New Animal Shelter

The new Transylvania County animal shelter

The new Transylvania County animal shelter

At first, there was only a sign, “Future Home of Transylvania County Animal Shelter,” on a small piece of land about a mile and a half from my house, near Our Country Store (which sells cigarettes, energy drinks, dog food, vice-grips, garden sheds, cattle feed, fencing and rents U-Hauls – i.e. out here in the sticks). Now it’s a completed building almost fully populated with cats and dogs that people didn’t want anymore.

It’s been open a few weeks now, but I’ve put off a visit because animal shelters are so depressing. We stopped in yesterday and it was depressing; I had to remind myself that these critters have a better chance of being adopted than all the strays running loose.

It’s actually a very nice shelter; it has much more space for each animal than most shelters. The dogs each have a raised bed and a door to an outdoor pen and the cats have little two-room condos: one room for a bed, food and water and the other for the litter box.

Two hopeful dogs at the Transylvania County Animal Shelter

Two hopeful dogs at the Transylvania County Animal Shelter

The dogs' outdoor pens at the Transylvania County Animal Shelter

The dogs’ outdoor pens at the Transylvania County Animal Shelter

The cat room at the Transylvania County Animal Shelter

The cat room at the Transylvania County Animal Shelter

There are closed rooms where prospective pet owners can get acquainted with potential adoptees:

"Take me home with you!"

“Take me home with you!”

Or you can get a leash and some dog biscuits and take a little walk with your new friend in the fenced walking area:

"OK.  I'm sitting.  Now give me that other biscuit!"

“OK. I’m sitting. Now give me that other biscuit!”

The lobby and hallways are decorated with donated local artwork:

Lobby of the Transylvania County Animal Shelter

Lobby of the Transylvania County Animal Shelter

Dog sculpture at the Transylvania County Animal Shelter

Dog sculpture at the Transylvania County Animal Shelter

…but it still looks like a jail.

"Pick me!  Pick ME!"

“Pick me! Pick ME!”

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2 responses to “The New Animal Shelter

  1. betty keeps saying “no more” but we DO have room for a couple more … (she could be waiting for another stray(s) to adopt us, as THAT has happened/happens maybe every other year …)

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    • Ann

      For me, the “no more” is more about how the damn beasts worm their way into your heart and then go and die. But then, how do you walk away when you see a skin-and-bones cat eating something disgusting out of a dumpster?

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