New Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare Center is almost ready to open

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Volunteers at the new Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare Center are preparing to open.  The new shelter on Fulton Mill Road can house 80 dogs and 40 cats.

According to Assistant County Manager Steve Layson, the center is changing its system of accepting stray animals.  The new facilty has an intake room with state-of-the-art equipment to treat sick animals.

“The intake room is separate from the rest of the building it allows the flow of the animals from one station to the next,” says Layson.

The different stations will prevent sick dogs from mixing with the healthy dogs.  There is a wait time before any dogs are allowed in the general population of the shelter.

“After seven days we will move the dogs over to the adoptable area,” adds Layson

The animal shelter was built with Special Local Option Sales Tax funds and cost more than 3.5-million dollars.  County spokesman, Chris Floore, says they needed a new building that was more inviting to people wanting a new pet.

“Our animal welfare center is down near the landfill, it has the smell of a landfill it’s uninviting,” explained Floore. “People adopt animals in the same area that other animals are being brought to the shelter.

He says the old animal shelter at times became overcrowded with dogs and cats, with few people wanting to adopt them.

“It’s just not a friendly environment,” he continues. “It’s not how we should be treating our animals if we want them to be adopted to a forever home.”

One of the features of the new Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare Center is that it sits on five acres of land.  The building is about 15,000 square-feet, which officials say allows for much needed space.

“This center we hope will encourage people to come out and make them more comfortable adopting the dogs and we can then foster better relationships with our local advocacy groups and adoption agencies,” continued Floore.

The new animal welfare center is scheduled to open their doors in the next several weeks.

Macon-Bibb is having a “Fur Baby Shower” at the new facility, located at 4214 Fulton Mill Road.  The event is Saturday, February 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Participants are encouraged to donate supplies the animals will need, like food, towels, and chew toys.

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