Dog Adoption Center Planned by Shelter Guardians, Inc. at Rowan Animal Shelter

Dog Adoption Center Planned by Shelter Guardians, Inc. at Rowan Animal Shelter

floor plan of Shelter Guardians adoption center

floor plan of Shelter Guardians adoption centerShelter Guardians, Inc. (“SG”) a local 501(c)3 non-profit has announced plans to raise money to build a Dog Adoption Center at the Rowan County Animal Shelter.

Over $715,000.00 of the estimated cost of $1,400,000.00 to build a new Dog Adoption Center (Phase 2) has already been raised with pledges from the community.

The Dog Adoption Center will offer a surgery and spay/neuter room, surgery prep room, large dog recovery wards, small dog recovery suites, and adoptable dog suites. The kennels will include automatic watering and built in raised beds for improved health, comfort, and easier cleaning. There will be a separate “Puppy Palace” room to house the puppies and small dogs.

There will also be a dog food prep kitchen, a laundry and clean linen room, and a professional bathing and grooming room. With another 42 large dog kennels and four (4) giant dog kennels, this volunteer-friendly environment will offer a less stressful and healthier environment for the dogs and a safer environment for the volunteers and staff. There will also be ample space to provide spay and neuter surgeries for every dog and cat before they are adopted.

One very important feature in the new Dog Adoption Center will be the four (4) “Take Me Home” private adoption rooms. An adopter will be able to take a potential adoptable dog away from the noise, people, and other dogs to a private space for a real chance to get to know the dog and decide if he or she is a good fit for their family.

SG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded in June 2014 with a mission to make the Rowan County Animal Shelter a healthier and less stressful place for homeless animals while they await adoption. Another goal is to have all of the shelter animals spayed or neutered before being adopted to address the over population of unwanted companion animals in Rowan and beyond.

SG began its mission by providing intake vaccines for every cat and dog entering the shelter, donating vaccines for over a year until the county stepped up to provide them using the low cost vaccine accounts put in place by SG. SG started the microchip program which is also now maintained by the county. SG started providing flea prevention and de-wormer for the animals, and this need is now supplied by the county. SG sponsored the first adoption events with SG volunteers doing the work and community businesses donating locations. The adoption events are now held at the shelter and sponsored by the county. Events are supported by shelter staff, SG, and volunteers. The adoption events are a huge success now with 872 dogs and cats being adopted in the first 10 events!

A little over a year ago, SG completed construction of a new Intake/Surgery Room (Phase 1) at the shelter. Now with a full-time veterinarian on staff and utilizing this new addition equipped with new surgery equipment, tools, and medical supplies donated by SG…the long-time dream of a spay/neuter program at the shelter has begun.

These improvements were made possible by Shelter Guardians using donated funds and services totaling over $165,000.00. By bringing the community, the shelter staff, and the county government together for the benefit of the animals, Shelter Guardians has been a catalyst for change at the shelter.

Although the spay/neuter program is underway in the new Intake/Surgery Room, this space was not designed to accommodate the spaying and neutering of over 4000 animals coming through the shelter each year. It is impossible to spay/neuter and provide short recovery for that many animals in the current space. A solution to the problem is well on the way with the Dog Adoption Center!

Shelter Guardians naming opportunities The public is invited to join Shelter Guardians so we can make the Dog Adoption Center a reality for homeless dogs from all over our community. Tax deductible contributions can be made, as well as plans and naming opportunities can be viewed on their website at www.shelterguardians.org . There is no donation too small to help!!

For more information about this project please contact ndix@shelterguardians.org. Donations can also be sent by mail to Shelter Guardians, PO Box 1934, Salisbury, NC 28145-1934.