“When we first took over there were 808 [animals] at the shelter,” said Grier. “2,000 animals listed in the system we don’t know whereabouts.”
Grier stated to Fox8 that commissioners were briefed during their yearly retreat. Plans are being discussed to build a new facility either on shelter property or another site. Part of the current shelter was built in the 1950’s with another building completed in 1992.
Volunteers have been pouring in to help the animals and adoption is up 50%. A new shelter director and veterinarian are scheduled to begin working on February 8. Social media is being utilized to promote adoptable animals and to update the intake and exit of each on the shelter’s website.
The ban on pit bulls, rottweilers and chows will hopefully soon be lifted at the Guilford shelter. Pit bulls and pit bull mixes are the most likely to be killed at a shelter, even those shelters who don’t have a ban on the breed.
Changes have come or are coming to North Carolina shelters as animal advocates speak out on the abuse and report these bad shelters to the NC Department of Agriculture, city and county commissioners and news media.