More than 100 guests joined Caldwell County Commissioners to open the new Caldwell County Animal Care Enforcement Facility on Saturday.
“When I came on the Board of Commissioners 10 years ago, we were talking about the need for a new facility, and now it’s finally here,” said Caldwell County Board of Commissioners Chairman Randy Church.
Local leaders and guests were excited to tour the new 12,000-foot facility, and see the 46 dog kennels, 75 cat kennels, 4 cat community rooms, 2 dog acquaintance rooms, 1 cat acquaintance room, and a separate grooming room. All of these areas provide room for shelter staff to care for more animals and places for individuals to meet the shelter’s pets.
“The building is important, but our staff and their service-oriented attitude is what is making it happen,” said Commissioner Donnie Potter.
During the opening ceremony, commissioners honored Dr. John Thuss, longtime veterinarian and public servant.
“I was thinking since 1970 how much progress we have made in Caldwell County as far as animal care. Back in the old days, it was not very humane, and it was not very pet or owners sensitive. We have come a long way,” said Thuss. “This facility is great, and it will give animals a better chance.”
The facility, located at 180 Government Way next to the Sheriff’s Office, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Their new phone number is 828-572-4535.