A major renovation project is underway at the Dothan Animal Shelter.
Bulldozers, shovels, orange cones, and one huge ditch; that might sound like more of a construction site, but soon it’ll be the new home for hundreds of Wiregrass dogs.
Dothan Animal Shelter Director Renee Skinner said, “We are in the process of building our outdoor kennels. The kennels are going to be for puppies and small dogs.”
Before there was only space for eight, but in the new facility, there will be enough room for 28 kennels.
City officials say the new facility will have a roof and will be much easier to clean.
“The changes we’re making to the shelter will be good for the puppies and small dogs for health issues, for people coming to adopt, and because of the influx of animals we are getting into this facility, especially puppies,” Skinner said. “It’s getting into puppy season.”
In March alone, animal services picked up more than 300 stray dogs.
And while the long-term goal of the renovations is to create more space, right now it’s created a shortage of cages.
So, several hundred animals have had to be put down.
It will take several months to complete the project. But Skinner says, “When it’s finished, it’ll be well worth the wait.”
The renovation project also includes repairs to the facility’s ventilation system, floors, drainage, storage, and fencing. But, shelter officials say the best way to prevent euthanization, is to adopt animals. You can do that by calling the shelter at (334) 615-4620.