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Animal Control thankful for upgrades
Additions increase quality of life for 4-legged residents
Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center staff members wish everyone happy Thanksgiving. Consider adoption first. Adoption fees are $85 for a dog and $65 for a cat, which includes the cost to spay or neutered. The facility requires all animals to be medically altered before leaving the facility. Pictured with dogs, from left, are Brandi Bouldin, Kim Pettrey and Deitra Kester.

Thanksgiving might be a human holiday, but animals can also feel gratitude.
“I’m ecstatic about these changes,” said Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center director Kim Pettrey. “The more improvements we make, the better the environment is for the animals. Their quality of life is better. Right now, things are looking up. We’ve made a lot of improvements over the last couple months and I know the animals are grateful.”
Making the biggest impact was the purchase of one storage shed using monetary donations and a second one gifted from a local couple.
“We have a new 8-foot by 10-foot building I have purchased using some of the donations from Applebee’s Paws for Carside fundraiser and the in-lieu-of-flowers donations made by friends and family of Tommy Craven,” said Pettrey. “When a local couple, Patrick and Vendetta Dressel, read in the newspaper that we needed one and why, they donated a 10-foot by 16-foot building they had and weren’t using. It has a loft and a rear window and double doors up front. It cost us $300 to move and I couldn’t be happier with it.”
The outbuildings will be used for storage of animal food and supplies while allowing more space on the inside for housing animals and their care, specifically, a sick room to remove ill animals from the general population.
“We really needed a sick room that is isolated from the other animals,” said Pettrey. “We didn’t have one and sick animals were kept in the general population with healthy animals. That wasn’t a good situation.”
The facility recently had a bout of upper respiratory infection spreading through its cat population. In an attempt to stem the spread, the sick cats were moved into the euthanasia room which the facility rarely uses. The state inspector disallowed that because the facility has to have a dedicated room for euthanasia.
“Thanks to those two buildings, we are now going to have a sick room to house ill animals and keep them out of general population,” said Pettrey. “That’s a benefit to us and to the animals. We can keep the healthy animals from getting sick and quarantine the sick animals until they are well enough to be placed back in with the others.”
Community generosity has also been shown with the donation of animal food almost monthly and gifting a clothes dryer that is used when staff wash and dry animal towels and blankets.
Pettrey would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the community and those volunteers for their support.
For more information about Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center or to adopt a pet, call 507-3647.
Holiday Safety Tips for pet owners
• While people look forward to family get-togethers, some pets do not. If your pet is uncomfortable around guests, don’t force an interaction. Place your pet in a quiet area away from activity.
• While indulging in foods and treats during the holidays is a tradition with many humans, this should not be the case for pets. Extra treats or even a few special meals can cause digestive problems.
• Be careful with seasonal plants and decorations. Securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t fall and injure curious pets. Keep wires, batteries and glass or plastic ornaments out of paws reach.
• Avoid mistletoe and holly which can cause pets to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea when ingested. Many varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure in cats if ingested.
• Never feed your pets chocolate or anything sweetened with xylitol and make sure to keep those sweets in areas where pets cannot reach them.