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.
There are closed rooms where prospective pet owners can get acquainted with potential adoptees:
Or you can get a leash and some dog biscuits and take a little walk with your new friend in the fenced walking area:
The lobby and hallways are decorated with donated local artwork:
…but it still looks like a jail.