The Lee County Humane Society is expanding and therefore getting ready to be able to care for and support more animals than they ever could before! This expansion is geared towards providing additional space to shelter larger dogs without having to limit the number of animals they can take in.
About the Lee County Humane Society
Serving the cities of Auburn, Opelika and beyond, the Lee County Humane Society houses animals in need of permanent homes—as well as provides adoption services, educational programs and more. Their mission is to advance humane treatment and responsible ownership of companion animals.
Over the past few years, the Lee County Humane Society has been overwhelmed with a large intake increase and has been nearly at full capacity for two years. In order to avoid having to limit the number of animals they can take in, it is with great celebration that they welcome this new expansion.
The new expansion
The Lee County Humane Society currently has 66 large dog kennels, which may seem like a lot, but if you break it down, you will see the immediate need for more space.
For example, if you have 10 adoptions in a day but 22 intakes, this means there are 12 more cats or dogs to care for than there were at the beginning of the day. In turn, this forces difficult decisions to be made in order to keep the facility at capacity.
Typically, it is the larger dogs that suffer, being that they are harder to adopt or find foster homes for. This new expansion will consist of enclosing the current carport and adding more space for kennels to house a minimum of 10 large dogs and possibly more smaller dogs and puppies.
More about the expansion
Along with the news that the Lee County Humane Society is expanding, we must note that this expansion would not be possible without the generous support of Walter and Virginia Woltosz. The Woltoszes have been active Lee County Humane Society volunteers since 2014 and are always there when an animal is in need.
Set to be completed sometime in the spring of this year, this expansion will help ease the difficult decisions and provide more chances for animals at the shelter.
Our community is ecstatic to hear that the Lee County Humane Society is expanding and cannot wait for it to be completed so that more animals needing shelter can be taken care of.
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