County animal shelter ready for animals Monday
by BRIAN GRAVES Banner Staff Writer
Mar 11, 2014 | 995 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The Bradley County animal shelter is ready to welcome pets and, hopefully, their potential new owners.

Commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones reported the building on Johnson Boulevard has passed inspection Monday.

Beth Foster of the SPCA of Bradley County reported to the County Commission that day one of official operations under the organization is scheduled for next Monday, which is the day the contract with the city of Cleveland is set to expire.

“We were ready on March 1 to take animals, but we had some plumbing issues so we arranged for foster care for those animals,” Foster said.

“Fortunately, during that time we did not have a great influx of animals, so we didn’t have to use that resource.”

She said the shelter is currently in a “soft opening” mode and is prepared to take animals.

“We will be ready to completely open on Monday,” Foster said.

She notified the Commission the operating schedule for the shelter will be Monday through Friday from noon until 6 p.m.

“We are going to be looking at Saturday hours after the first few weeks when we figure out our volunteer base,” Foster said.

She said this Saturday would be a “volunteer day,” from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“Anybody is welcome to come by,” Foster said. “We’re going to do some last-minute cleaning and painting to make everything look really nice when we have our big opening for the public.”

She said there will also be training opportunities for volunteers and photos will be made of the adoptable animals to be placed on social media outlets.

“We hope to get the adoptions going. Everything is falling into place,” Foster said.

She said all the documents and bookkeeping details are now readied for use.

“I think we’re in pretty good shape and ready to roll,” Foster said.

Commissioner Terry Cawood said he had visited the facility last week and was “real impressed with what I saw.”