The animal adoption center planned in the Meadows community is seeing progress in spite of the rain this week, said veterinarian Debbie Cowan, who serves as the Friends of Stokes Shelter chairperson.
The new adoption center will adhere to all state regulations and is expected to house 13 large dogs, possibly 26 medium dogs or 39 small dogs depending on the size of the animal.
“We have housing for 20 kitties and we’ll also have an isolation area,” Cowan said. “We’ll have outdoor runs. We have two that are individual runs for those who don’t get along with others and we’ll have three runs where they will all be able to comingle.”
Throughout the building process, opportunities are available for individuals and businesses to donate $200 for windows and $375 for kennel doors.
“We’ll need 25 windows and 14 kennel doors,” Cowan said.
The donations will be commemorated with a plaque once the building is complete.
The Friends of Stokes Shelter have raised more than $330,000, but are still short $50,000 needed to ensure long-term operations at the facility.
According to state regulations, the center requires one full-time paid position.
“Everyone else will be volunteers. When we can afford it, which hopefully will be a year after we open, then we’ll hire an additional part-time person. For every 10 animals you have in a building, you must have two people working. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re being paid, but you must have people there. That’s why we’re really going to be counting on volunteers to help.”
On Saturday, August 25 the non-profit will be hosting their fourth annual fundraising gala. Wags and Whiskers will be held at Snyder’s Barn in Germanton. Tickets are $75 per person.
For more information or to follow the progress of the animal adoption center visit www.friendsofstokesshelter.com
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.