Local Shelter Hopes New Look Will Help Provide A More Inviting Atmosphere For The Public
By Leah Williams
The front office of the Washington County Animal Control received a makeover earlier this spring.
Animal Control Warden Deb Hagopian said work began a couple of weeks ago with new flooring from Gutzler’s was placed down in the main office. A post on the shelter’s Facebook page showed the progress with just a few minor changes to be put into place.
“We have been working in bits and pieces since about a couple weeks ago,” Hagopian said. “It just goes to show that we have great employees and workers here.”
The improvements were completed by Washington County Animal Control employees and volunteers. Hagopian said that she hopes the new look will help the community feel more invited. An outdoor bench and little library is being set up to help the public bond with the shelter pets.
“I am hoping to make people more invited and more welcome at the shelter so they will come spend time with the animals and maybe possibly adopt one of them,” she said. “Socializing with the animals is very important.”
The new look is just one of the improvements made at Washington County Animal Control the last few months. Construction was completed earlier this year on the outdoor catio room and shaded area that helps the shelter better utilize its space during the warmer months.
The public is not the only one who can enjoy the renovations. Uncle Fester, the office cat, has found a way to appreciate his new home.
“He will just run and slide on the floor,” Hagopian said. “He really likes it.”
The ongoing health concerns of the coronavirus pandemic has caused the shelter to cancel its plans for an Easter egg hunt. Once the restrictions have been limited, Hagopian said there are plans to host an open house at a later date where everyone can check out the improvements in person.
“I just want to thank everyone. It’s because of the community getting behind us that we are able to do this,” she said.