Tuesday 16 June 2020
AIKEN, SC (WRDW / WAGT) – Normally, the kennels at the Aiken County Animal Shelter are full of barking and yapping. But they sound very different right now.
This is because the larger water intake section is out of service for the next few months during some construction work.
“We are making a pen out of our remaining 30 kennels, which is our intake area,” said shelter manager Bobby Arthurs.
“They can be exposed to heat, exposed to cooler temperatures at night. So we’re going to lock it up. ”
Arthurs says it’s a much needed upgrade.
“We will have control. We will have a better ventilation system. It will be so much healthier for our animals, ”he said.
But the timing of the work puts the refuge in a difficult situation.
“We’re starting to see more kittens. We’re starting to see more puppies, ”he said.
“We’re sort of in panic mode now. … What are we going to do? Because we are approaching summer. Typically it’s the busiest time of year for us, it’s those summer months.
Now the shelter is asking for your help.
– and gets lost on a case-by-case basis. The shelter has lowered its adoption fees to encourage people to come look for a new pet.
The shelter still won’t let people in, staff will bring dogs to your car if you make an appointment to adopt.
All this in order to keep the shelter clear while the personnel play the game of waiting on the construction.
The shelter is looking for adopters and foster parents to take care of the animals that arrive on a daily basis.
If you would like to help, you can register by going to the
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