Wiregrass Pet Rescue and Adoption Center comes to Dothan

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) – After decades of serving lost and abandoned animals, the Dothan Animal Sanctuary is obsolete.

“It’s not enough to meet the needs of this community, the people who work there are some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met, and they’re so dedicated to pets, but they don’t have everything. just don’t have the resources that they really need to do what we need to do for this community,” says Rachel Smith, executive director of Wiregrass Pet and Adoption Center.

Several years ago, the City of Dothan and the County of Houston recognized the urgent need for a new shelter.

Wiregrass Pet Rescue and Adoption Center will be built on Highway 52 W, right next to Eye Surgical Associates.

“This shelter is going to cost $8.5 million to build, but it’s going to be really state-of-the-art,” Smith expresses. “It will have new HVAC systems and new plumbing systems”

The nonprofit will rescue and house pets with the goal of finding loving homes for all.

“It’s a huge piece of that puzzle,” Smith continues. “The other element is really community-centric programming. We’re going to do whatever we can to provide resources for people who can’t keep their pets.

Open seven days a week, volunteers of all ages are encouraged to keep the animals company.

“There will be a lot of indoor shelters, which we didn’t have before,” said Mark Saliba, mayor of Dothan. “There will be a small walking path where dogs can be walked regularly outside.”

A win-win for pets and the community.

“I think this is an opportunity for all animal lovers, and many of us are on a new adventure,” concludes Saliba.

A first sod will take place on Tuesday, August 23 at 9 a.m.

Community members and their pets are welcome to attend.

The association is looking for support through donations, more details on their website: https://wiregrasspetrescue.org/.

The opening date of the center is planned for 2024.

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