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The Coosa County Animal Shelter logo has been painted on the building by Hunter Ray.
The Coosa County Animal Shelter is busily preparing for tomorrow’s festivities and officially opening its facility for business next week.
While Coosa County has needed an animal shelter for a long time and the shelter may have “been a long time coming,” it came together relatively quickly once the ball got rolling and people put forth their best efforts to make it actually come to fruition. It was just a little over a year ago; in the January 14, 2022, edition of “The Coosa County News;” that it was reported that the first steps were being taken to get an animal shelter in the county.
Now, just barely more than a year later, Coosa residents can celebrate seeing this goal become a reality.
As mentioned last week, the animal shelter will be holding its open house event tomorrow, January 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the shelter in Stewartville. This will be a grand event allowing people to come and see Coosa County’s animal shelter after so much work and effort into this venture.
Various activities will be available at the open house, and people will have the opportunity to tour the facility. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and refreshments, including chili being served complements of Chuck Barnett.
As we mentioned last week there will be a silent auction as part of the event, featuring paintings donated from the Art Association of Central Alabama. Now we can also report that Jack Newberry with Black Dog Woodworks and Custom Furniture has also donated a beautiful cutting board for the silent auction, as well.
Among the items to be bid on, there will also be a gift card donated by Rushing Turney for a drawing for a photo session. So there will be many great items to try to win while supporting the shelter. Funds raised from the silent auction will be donated to the animal shelter to help the dogs and cats.
Those who wish to volunteer to help the shelter and its staff will also have the opportunity to express that during tomorrow’s open house. There will be volunteer sign-up sheets available for those who would like to sign up to volunteer in various capacities once the shelter is open.
Following its open house event tomorrow, the shelter’s first day of operation will be Monday, January 30, with the shelter opening at 10 a.m.
The shelter’s immediate needs for donated items are dog and cat food, blankets, old clothes for bedding, leashes, collars, and anything pertaining to animal care that may be helpful for the shelter to have on hand. All donations, whether items or funds, are greatly appreciated.
While working to finish up work at the facility, work has also been done outside to freshen and spruce up the building. Hunter Ray, grandson of Dennis and Debbie Hill who have spearheaded the shelter efforts, painted the shelter’s logo on the outside of the building as a nice touch.
The Coosa County Animal Shelter is located in Stewartville next to the Stewartville Water Authority along County Road 150. Its physical address is 5520 Coosa County Road 41, Sylacauga, 35151, and its phone number is 256-391-7192. Everyone is encouraged to come out to the open house tomorrow and show their support for the county’s animal shelter.