Alice and DJ are in in need of good homes. She is a one-year-old German Sheppard mix. He is an eight-month-old cat. Alice’s adoption fee has been sponsored so she is $10. DJ’s fee is $77, which includes neuter and rabies vaccination. Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center is located at 169 Paws Trail. Serious inquires only may call 507-3647.
Hours are changing at Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center. The facility will be closed on Wednesdays.
The county Health and Welfare Committee unanimously approved the change to allow staff time to clean and care for the animals without interruption.
"The issue is that people don’t spay and neuter their animals’,” said committee chair Blaine Wilcher. "That’s the reason we are in the shape that we are in. It’s not anybody’s fault. It’s everybody’s fault. I’m sure everyone here spays and neuters. We know the majority of people don’t.”
Animal Control director Kim Pettrey said a day to clean without interruption would be beneficial due to the facility being short staffed.
“We had an unannounced inspection,” said Pettrey. “We had like five minutes. He fussed on us because the place was dirty. Sometimes it’s just two of us and we can’t get it all done. We are full of dogs. We are over full on cats.”
The inspector, said Pettrey, had her in tears because he threatened to shut the facility down. “I begged him not to do it,” she said. “That’s only going to make the situation worse. People will just dump them, if they can’t bring them here. It’s a mess right now. I admit that. I promised that it’s going to get better.”
Warren County Sheriff’s Department offered a partnership with WCAC to begin a voluntary work program where female trustees serving time for minor offense are allowed to work at the facility.
“We have to ensure that the trustees don’t come into contact with the public or any underage individuals who volunteer at the facility,” said Pettrey. “Brandi (Bouldin) and I would have to undergo training. Plus we have to lock up any medication. When they called, I got excited. It sounded like a wonderful opportunity.”
Committee members agreed to consider a trustee program on Wednesdays, given legal consideration and approval.
County Executive Jimmy Haley suggested the county designate funds and offer a spay and neuter clinic.
“Maybe we should focus some money on some clinics where we give free spay and neutering,” he said. “A $50,000 investment in spay and neutering, a couple of clinics a year, would go a long way to help solve our problems. It might be met with some opposition, but in the long run the real cost of not doing it is the reason why we are in the situation that we are right now.”
Helping Animals of Warren County (HAWC) provides financial assistance to individuals, organizations and Warren County Animal Control. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to unite people and organizations within the community for the betterment of animals.
“We try every way possible to get animals fixed,” said HAWC president Hollie Cox. “Even if they are over the income level, we still help in getting the animal fixed. We do ask for a higher co-pay for someone who doesn’t meet the low-cost income restrictions. Again, we are nonprofit. We don’t have unlimited. We can apply for grants.”
HAWC hosts fundraisers throughout the year and money raised goes towards the care of animals. For more information about the organization, visit its Facebook page.
Facility hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.