WARNER ROBINS — Kathy Long stopped in to see the new Warner Robins Animal Control facility that opened to the public Wednesday.
“I’m just around the corner,” said Long, who works nearby. “I just came to see it and to see all the animals.”
When asked what she thought of the 6,000-square-foot facility at 208 Stalnaker Ave. off Industrial Park Boulevard, Long said, “Love it!”
Long, who says she has soft spot for animals, also came by to sign up to become a volunteer at the facility.
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“I’m going to see what I can do,” she said with a smile.
Long has a pet of her own, Jackson, a nearly 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier.
“He’s the son my husband and I never had,” she said with a laugh.
Animal control officer Greg Langston, who has been with animal control 20 years, was also excited about the new location.
“It means a lot,” said Langston, who noted the new facility had been promised for years. “Now, it’s here.”
The new facility has 80 dog pens and 16 cat pens. There are also separate areas to house animals who are on a four-day waiting period before becoming eligible for adoption as well as for feral cats.
The dog pens all have separate drainage and concrete barriers, which means in a Parvo outbreak each pen can be isolated.
At the old shelter at 206 Bay St., an outbreak of the highly contagious intestinal virus among dogs meant all the dogs would have to be put down because the drainage was not separated and the pens were chain-linked fence only.
Other benefits include more open space, better ventilation, separate entry points for animal control officers and better security, Langston said.
“It’s a place where you can smile when you come in the door,” Langston said.
Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Adoption fees, which include spaying or neutering, are $89 for male dogs, $94 for female dogs, $64 for male cats and $87 for female cats.
For more information, call Warner Robins Animal Control at 929-7290.
To contact Becky Purser, call 256-9559.