By Ashley Rader
After years of planning and fundraising, the new Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter is near completion and
could be ready for use in October.
A grand-opening Open House was held for the shelter Saturday afternoon, with the public invited to tour the shelter to see the progress on the facility.
“We are really excited to be at this point,” said shelter manager April Jones.
Work toward the new shelter began in 2008 with the formation of the building committee. Several fundraisers and other drives were held to raise money for the project.
Two years ago, the city and the county agreed to a joint-funding proposal for the shelter and a new site for the shelter was chosen on Sycamore Shoals Drive near the current animal shelter.
The new shelter is a 2,724-square-foot building, with concrete block walls on a concrete foundation. The shelter has a large dog kennel area with kennels on each side with a six-foot space in the middle. The kennels have an indoor and an outdoor space. Two of the dog kennels are double-sized kennels that will be used for mother dogs with puppies or multiple dogs that get along.
There is a concrete slab in the rear of the building to add outdoor kennels, which will be needed before the shelter can move to its new location.
“We don’t know exactly when we can move in,” Jones said. “We hope that we can come to the new shelter in October. We have a few more kennels to build in the back so that there will be enough space for the dogs, and we have some other equipment that needs to be brought over from the current shelter.”