UPDATE: New Animal Shelter Open in Putnam County

By: Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Jeremy Edwards Email

UPDATE 11/5/13 @ 7:30 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After years of struggles, fundraising and construction, a new animal shelter is now open in Putnam County.

The ribbon was cut on the facility Tuesday afternoon.

The new shelter is on Route 62 near the Winfield Bridge.

It will be able to house more than twice as many dogs and cats as the old shelter, with 10,000 more square feet than the old shelter.

It also features a separate intake area for incoming animals, a quarantine area and clinical space for in-house spay and neuter procedures.

Shelter managers say it's nice to see all of their hard work finally pay off.

There are currently eight cats and 20 dogs at the shelter, waiting to find homes.



UPDATE 10/23/13 @ 8:40 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After years of planning, fundraising and construction, a new animal shelter will open soon in Putnam County.

County officials said they will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The new facility is located along W.Va. 62 near the Winfield bridge.

It will be about 10,000 square feet larger than the current animal shelter and will have surgery and recovery rooms.

The current shelter has dealt with overcrowding issues.



UPDATE 7/29/13 @ 3:30 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The animal shelter in Putnam County is now just weeks away from moving into a brand new home.

Officials say their new building which is along Route 62 near the Winfield Bridge will be finished August 15. They hope to move in by the end of August.

The new shelter will be at least ten thousand square feet larger than the current one. The facility will also have a surgery and recovery room.

For years the old shelter has been plagued by overcrowding problems.



UPDATE 8/28/12 @ 12:45 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The hard work to transform an empty lot into state of the art animal shelter is now underway.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon for the new animal shelter in Putnam County.

It is located on Route 62 near the Winfield Bridge.

Officials at the animal shelter have been working for years to raise the money needed for the new building.

The new shelter will be eight thousand square feet larger than the current one.

It will also have a quarantine area for sick animals and a surgery room and a recovery room.

It is expected to cost about $2M to complete.



UPDATE 8/14/12 @ 10:20 a.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dirt is expected to start flying soon on Putnam County's new animal shelter.

During Tuesday's meeting, the Putnam County Commission approved an ordinance to help finance the project.

Commission will give $1.3M to the project. Organizers will have the money by Friday. This gives organizers enough money to begin construction.

The county hopes to break ground on the shelter in the next couple of weeks.

The new shelter will be built along Route 62 near the Winfield Bridge.

The shelter will be 8,000 square feet larger than the current one. More space means fewer animals will be euthanized, according to organizers. There will also be a separate area for sick animals.

Construction of the new shelter will cost $2.3M. Organizers have been raising money for the project for years.



UPDATE 2/14/12 @ 6:35 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After years of raising money, the Putnam County Animal Shelter finally found out Tuesday that it’s getting a new home, but it comes with a cost.

Not everyone was on board with the $2.3 million price tag, but there were just enough to make it happen.

“I've been working on this for the last seven years trying to raise money,” shelter volunteer Karen Haynes said.

Haynes and many other volunteers have spent countless hours trying to get a new building for the shelter.

In order to serve, they need help. It means the county would have to cover much of the cost.

It all boiled down to a commission meeting where two out of three votes were needed.

“I'm all for animals. Every animal that I’ve ever had I’ve adopted from an animal shelter, but I think $2.3 million is just over the top,” Commissioner Steve Andes said.

“You don't want to spend a lot of money on an animal shelter to make it look like the Taj Mahal, but at the same time it needs to be an attractive building to some degree to draw people in and make them want to stop,” Commissioner Gary Tillis said.

With two "yes" votes and one "no," Haynes and her crew can now break free from the old building and break ground on the new one.

“This is a good Valentine's Day present,” Haynes said.

The new shelter will be 8,000 square feet larger than the current one. More space means few animals will be euthanized. There will also be a separate area for sick animals.

Before construction can start, companies will bid on the project, but there hasn’t been a decision on when that process will begin.

The new shelter will be built along Route 62 between Eleanor and Red House.



UPDATE 2/14/12 @ 11 a.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Putnam County will soon have a new animal shelter.

Putnam County Commissioners approved the plan during its meeting Tuesday. The vote was 2 to 1 with Commissioner Steve Andes voting against the project.

The county has been talking about building the new shelter for nearly seven years.

The project is expected to cost $2.3M. So far the county has $1.3M for the project.

Andres says he's not against building the shelter, but he believes the cost is too high.

Karen Haynes has worked for years to raise money for the project. The money the group raised has been used for the planning and site preps for the new shelter.

Haynes says the Putnam County Animal Relief Center takes in nearly 3,000 animals a year, but the 2,000-square-foot facility can't handle that many.

The new shelter will be built along Route 62 near the Winfield Bridge.

During Tuesday's meeting, architects showed commissioners what the shelter will look like on the inside and outside.

Haynes says the group still has $67,000 from private donations that will be used to help buy things for inside the shelter.

The project will now be put out to bid.



UPDATE 2/13/12 @ 7:40 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After years of fundraising and work, it's almost decision day for one group trying to build a new animal shelter in Putnam County.

Karen Haynes is on a mission.

"The first step inside the door, I saw the need," she said.

For seven years, she's been raising money to get the Putnam County Animal Relief Center a new home.

"This one's just not big enough. For the amount of animals we get in here, we need a larger shelter," she said.

Haynes said the shelter takes in nearly 3,000 animals a year. But the 2,000-square-foot facility can't handle that many.

"During our peak months, spring and summer, we're just really overcrowded with animals and more animals coming in there's more chance for the spread of illnesses, as well as more euthanasias that have to be done," said Jon Davis, Chief Humane Officer with the Putnam County Animal Relief Center.

In 2011, the shelter euthanized more than 2,000 animals.

"It's challenging," Davis said. "We want to find everything we can a home."

That's why they're hoping County Commissioners will vote yes on the new 10,000-square-foot facility to keep pets like these alive, and get them in forever homes.

"If the worst case scenario that they don't (vote yes), then I will continue to raise money because my heart's in this and it's going to get built," Haynes said.

But Haynes said she's optimistic they'll vote yes.



UPDATE 2/12/12 @ 11:45 a.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Putnam County Commissioners are set to vote Tuesday on whether the county will build a new animal shelter.

The county has been talking about building the new shelter for nearly seven years.

Karen Haynes has worked for years along with several community members to get private donations for the project.

The money the group raised has been used for the planning and site preps for the new shelter. The new shelter would be located along Route 62 near the Winfield Bridge.

Haynes tells WSAZ.com the site is ready for construction to begin if commissioners give the green light for the project during Tuesday's meeting.

According to county leaders, architects will attend Tuesday's meeting to give estimated costs to build the shelter, along with renderings of what the shelter will look like.

Haynes says the group still has $67,000 from private donations that will be used to help buy things for inside the shelter.

The commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.

WSAZ will be at the meeting Tuesday. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the very latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- So many dogs and cats, but there’s not enough space.

It often means some of those potential pets get put down instead.

But, some folks in Putnam County are working to improve the situation.

Construction crews will begin site preparation Tuesday on a new, upgraded building for the Putnam Animal Relief Center.

People who work and volunteer with the shelter say they want to be able to keep more animals alive and get more people to adopt.

The planned million-dollar site could help the county meet some of those goals.

Winfield resident Mike Walker has seen first-hand just how busy the shelter can get.

"I've actually taken many stray dogs over there that people will just drop off near the animal shelter thinking that they'll miraculously find there way up there," says Walker.

The center rescued Brian Gray's dog, Bones, before he adopted it a few years ago.

“The place was worn down a little bit, but they're working with what they have. They're doing the best they could do with what they have," says Gray.

The new facility could help the center do better, says Karen Haynes. She’s been volunteering for nearly six years to coordinate much of the fund raising for the new shelter.

She says the current site has “bad ventilation, and the insulation, it's really in bad shape."

The new site will be across the river from Winfield and in better view right along Route 34. The current shelter is behind Winfield Middle School.

"It'll be a bigger shelter, and that'll cut down on any animals that have to be euthanized," says Haynes.

Haynes says the shelter takes in about 2,500 to 3,000 animals in an average year.

“The county could never have a no-kill shelter because of having to take everything, whether it's vicious or sick. They have to take it," says Haynes.

But, she's optimistic with a better building and more space, more animals could be saved.

Haynes says she and other volunteers have raised about $100,000 for this project.

She expects a mix of county and private money to fund the new shelter. Optimistically, she hopes it'll be ready next year.


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