City officials tour renovated animal shelter
by Chris Norwood
Sep 14, 2012 | 3330 views |  1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Talladega City Manager Brian Muenger shows renovations to the Animal Control Building to Council President Donnie Miller and Councilman Ricky Simpson during a walk-through Thursday afternoon. The $50,000 renovation was a 50/50 project with Talladega County. Brian Schoenhals/The Daily Home
Talladega City Manager Brian Muenger shows renovations to the Animal Control Building to Council President Donnie Miller and Councilman Ricky Simpson during a walk-through Thursday afternoon. The $50,000 renovation was a 50/50 project with Talladega County. Brian Schoenhals/The Daily Home
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TALLADEGA — The city hosted a walk-through at the recently renovated Animal Control Building on McMillian Street. The city and the county split the $50,000 renovation project equally, according to City Manager Brian Muenger.

Improvements included constructing a 30 foot square concrete pad with heavy duty fencing to create five covered outdoor runs and two 15 foot square play areas; replaced old and malfunctioning lighting and rerouted existing water lines; removed old non-uniform indoor kennels with uniform ones with sturdier gates; rerouted condensation lines for the protection of the animals and employees; removed a dilapidated bathroom to increase indoor storage; replaced an exterior door; and pressure washed, cleaned and sealed the concrete floor to help with disinfection.

Animal Control Officer Jessica Jones and her staff renovated an adoptable cat and kitten room in the front of the building themselves, according to Public Works Director Karen Phillips. Beyond that is a quarantine area for new arrivals, a special room for feral cats, and the puppy and dog runs. Jones said the shelter has developed partnerships with several rescue organizations throughout the state to take some of the puppies that turn up.

Making the runs the same size makes it much easier to replace gates that may get broken, and the outdoor covered area allows the dogs to get some exercise in all weather while the indoor runs are cleaned.

Several broken fans were replaced and the walls were painted a brighter color, which helps highlight the new lighting as well.

Healthy animals that are not vicious are eligible for adoption seven days after arriving at the shelter. Dogs can be adopted for $85 and cats for $75. The adoption fee includes spaying or neutering, the animal’s first round of shots and an examination.

Shelter animals will also be available for adoption at an event Saturday at Tractor Supply on Haynes Street.

Contact Chris Norwood at cnorwood@dailyhome.com