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Animal Shelter holds public tours for grand re-opening

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ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Animal Shelter held a grand re-opening below the administration of K2 Solutions.

K2 has had operational management of the power since Aug. 1. In June, the Richmond County Board of Commissioners accepted a deal that may permit the corporate to take over the shelter.

Program Manager Rachel Royston stated they’ve been working with county employees on repairs and repainting the shelter.

“We want it to look like it’s a new face,” Royston stated. “The County has put a lot of work and effort into upgrading the inside and making it beautiful in there.”

Since K2 has assumed managerial duties, Royston stated there’s been a rise within the inflow of animals to the shelter and in adoptions. Currently, the shelter is at about 90% of its capability with greater than 100 animals.

“We hope to accomplish a greater sense of community for not only people but animals,” Royston stated.

The shelter supplied tours to guests all through the re-opening, and held an “adopt-athon” with diminished charges. Individuals who introduced a donation to the occasion have been entered in a raffle.

“The tour was really nice and it even smells nice in here, which is unusual for an animal shelter,” stated Tommy Walk, who was along with his household of “big animal-lovers.”

K2 has lately employed Manager Courtney Harris out of Georgia. She’ll be overseeing the day-to-day operations going ahead.

“I hope to bring the community back in,” Harris stated. “[Adoption Coordinator Jessica Jones] and I are working toward making a lot more dogs adoptable and bringing down our euthanasia rate.”

Harris has labored as a veterinary technician and in varied animal shelters and hospitals. Harris was beforehand on the Board of Directors for a pitbull rescue in Savannah.

During her walkthrough tour, Heather Bassett stated she noticed “positive changes.”

”It was far more welcoming,” Bassett stated about her expertise. “They’re doing a great job.”

Both Royston and Harris stated they’re rising communication with varied rescue teams within the space, in addition to engaged on establishing extra spay-neuter clinics.

“Hopefully in the next couple of months, we’re going to start implementing a lot more programs,” Harris stated. “Barn Cat Program, volunteer programs, programs with the schools to give high school kids volunteer hours, things of that nature.”

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Reach Matthew Sasser at 910-817-2671 or [email protected]