Shelter’s ho-ho-ho-pen house to showcase renovations

By: 
Ryan Lewis, Editor

It may not be Christmas quite yet, but the Allegan County Animal Shelter has recently decked its halls, and its staff is eager to show them off.

Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance executive director Sara Decker said a holiday open house will be Saturday, Dec. 6, from noon to 4 p.m. at the shelter, 2293 33rd St., Allegan.

She said the shelter, constructed in 2010, now has new flooring throughout its kennel area. Decker said the facility was ordered to replace the flooring following a recent inspection. The puppy room has been reconfigured, and several new kennels have also been added to the main dog room.

Decker said the addition adds six spots for dogs, giving the shelter room for 46 dogs. It has room for approximately 60 cats.

The office area floors have been polished.

Decker said, “The cat room has been turned into a cage-free room. So, the cats can roam; hopefully this will make them more adoptable.”

She said the open house will showcase the renovations and promote adoptions. Refresh-ments will be provided.

Owners may also bring in their pets to be microchipped.

Decker said the shelter is usually at capacity most of the time with cats. Several spots have opened up for dogs; she said the shelter is usually at capacity with them in April through October.

“It’s always tight for us,” she said. “We’re constantly working with other shelters and foster placements to avoid euthenizing. Space is constantly a concern.”

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