POMEROY — The Meigs County Canine Rescue and Adoption Center officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.
Formerly known as the Meigs County Dog Shelter, the new facility is located at 33133 Hiland Road in Pomeroy.
Colleen MurphySmith, dog warden, and Dee Cummins, assistant dog warden, were on hand to give tours, thank the Meigs County Commissioners for their dedication to the project, and recognize all the volunteer efforts and donations that made the center possible.
The center saw its groundbreaking on Oct. 22. Work began on the building, designed by BDT Architects & Interior Designers of Athens, in early November by Baer Contracting.
As of late December, most concrete had been poured and the roof and front porch area already put up, with insulation being added and inner rooms being put together. Due to the efforts of Baer Contracting and a mild winter, progress stayed on track for the March completion date.
By the end of March, most of the move-in was completed. All shelter dogs were in their new rescue-friendly center while they awaited their forever home.
All of the upgrades provide a more positive experience for both humans and K-9s. The center is approximately 2,432 square feet and includes a welcoming waiting room, a main office and a viewing room with small kennels where dogs can be more visibly seen by the public. Restrooms, a back room with 24 large dog kennels, a puppy area and a working area that includes a maintenance facility with a washer and dryer are also part of the new facility.
To meet the needs of animals brought to the center after hours, a sally port, or an enclosed entry way in which animals can be brought in vehicles and then released without escaping, was included along with three overnight drop kennels.
Staff and volunteers now can provide dogs with an outdoor run area and an intake room area where new arrivals can be weighed, medicated or washed before being taken to a kennel.
As the ribbon was cut and the Meigs County Canine Rescue and Adoption Center received a blessing from Meigs County Commissioner Randy Smith, a new era dawned for canine rescue and adoption in Meigs County.
For more on the Center’s opening day, look for the “Dog of the Week” story in Thursday’s edition of the Daily Sentinel.
Reach Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551