The City of Perry, Georgia opened a new animal shelter this week.
The shelter will have 21 dog pens in a climate-controlled building with outdoor runs. It also has a room for cats and a separate room to quarantine cats.
The city has sought for years to get a new shelter, which has been delayed by the cost.
Last March, the City Council approved a contract for $544,022 to build the new facility, which also has an exam room and a quarantine area for dogs. The old block building nearby that had been the shelter is beyond repair and likely will be torn down, said Perry police Capt. Bill Phelps, who oversees animal control.
“This is a thousand times better than what we had,” Phelps said. “The animals were exposed to inclement weather. Now it can be raining or it can be snowing and you can still come down here and adopt a dog, It just lends a good atmosphere that people will want to come to.”
Angie Reed, the senior animal control officer, said she is also hopeful that with a better building more people will come to adopt dogs.
“It’s a lot cleaner and a lot nicer,” she said. “People will actually want to come down here and look at dogs.”
The Friends of the Perry Animal Shelter also has a separate facility where it holds dogs and cats from the shelter for adoption.
Tacoma is a ten-week old male Cattle Dog & Labrador Retriever Mix puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Morgan County in Madison, GA. He’s smart, alert, and ready for a new family.
Almond is a nine-week old male Labrador Retriever puppy who is available for adoption from the Humane Society of Morgan County in Madison, GA. He’s an easy-going and friendly pup.
Elsa came in to the shelter with her brother and sister and is the low-rider of the group. She is very sweet, but shy. She is adjusting to shelter life and learning to walk on a leash.
Smiley is a 7-month old, 27-pound male Basset Hound and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Washington Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA. He really does smile, which leads to lots of tail wagging and that causes major body squirming and wiggles–all of which adds to this boys charm.
Cleo is a 7-month old, 32-pound female Basset Hound and Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from Washington Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA. She is very sweet and affectionate, but shy and timid. She is adjusting to shelter life and learning to walk on a leash.
Raelynn is a 2-year old, 51-pound male Labrador Retriever and Black Mouth Cur mix who is available for adoption from Washington Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA. Raelynn is current on vaccinations, friendly, energetic and ready to play. He gets along with other dogs and kids.
Bogart is a 10-month old male Labrador Retriever & Pointer Mix who is available for adoption from Warner Robins Animal Control in Warner Robins, GA. He is a friendly and beautiful dog that looks like he is smiling.
Tilly is a wonderful young yellow lab mix. She is loving and sweet, but does not understand how to walk on a leash just yet. However, she is willing to learn and is waiting patiently for a forever home to make her feel safe and loved.
London is a young male Labrador Retriever and Basset Hound mix puppy who is available for adoption from Coco’s Cupboard in Concord, GA. London is a sweet playful boy.
Regan is a young male Pit Bull Terrier & Labrador Retriever Mix puppy who is available for adoption from Coco’s Cupboard in Concord, GA. Regan is a sweet boy who love to please.
McCoy is a 7-month old Labrador Retriever and Hound mix boy who is available for adoption from Coco’s Cupboard in Concord, GA. He will make a great family dog! He’s amazing with children and loves other dogs of all sizes.
Jello is a young male Basset Hound mix who is available for adoption from Saving Georgia Dogs Rescue in Barnesville, GA. He is very sweet and very low to the ground. He is friendly with other dogs and is looking for a forever home.
Tally is a 2-year old, 60-pound female Giant Schnauzer mix who is available for adoption from Saving Georgia Dogs Rescue in Barnesville, GA.
Batman is a male German Shepherd and Collie mix who is available for adoption from Saving Georgia Dogs Rescue in Barnesville, GA. He is a sweet boy, and would make a wonderful companion.
The two boys and their littermates came into the rescue after their mother was killed by a car and the puppies were discovered under a house.
Archie enjoys going for walks or playfully running about, but he also likes being with his person calmly enjoying pets and treats. He’s a great little guy waiting to meet his next new friend!
Meg is a sweetie who is hard to resist. She enjoys leaning against her people for comfort.
Fun is Noella’s formula for life, and she’ll draw you in with her big smile and inviting play bow for a romp in the yard, toy chasing, or even a gentle wrestle. Highly sensitive and sweetly affectionate, she will be happy to join you for a quiet rest too. She is reliably house-trained, has some lovely house manners, and is learning to modulate her naturally exuberant bark. Noella gets along well with the familiar dogs who live with her. She is crate-trained, but she can also be trusted loose in the house when she’s home alone (as long as your counters are clear of food).
As adorable as she is, Noella does have some behavior challenges. A fenced yard is required since she is afraid of unfamiliar people and dogs, and she can bark and/or lunge in fear while on leash. She has bitten strangers who came into her home. She has safely and lovingly shared a home with children, but currently cannot be trusted around children she does not know. She is being worked with on these issues, and New Rattitude offers behavior modification coaching and support to adopters. Despite her fear issues, Noella is a cuddly doll at home with her people, and she knows how to love big and have fun.