HALIFAX — County Manager Tony Brown announced this week the Halifax County Animal Shelter is open for the public to look at pets for adoption.
Brown said the county is working toward many changes he hopes will make the shelter more accessible, including procedures that will be presented to county commissioners in coming months. The shelter is working with Rainbow Rescue on pet adoption, but residents can also adopt directly from the county. They just have to pay the cost of spay or neutering and show they can be responsible pet owners.
Halifax County Environmental Health and Animal Control Director Jeff Dillard said he is looking forward to having a new adoption process in place, adding the shelter is also partnering with other placement organizations for adoptable animals.
“We’re the first line in (animal) rescue,” he said. “There is no other organization in the Roanoke Valley that does rescues. We’re hoping by partnering with other groups we will be able to adopt more animals out.”
Dillard said shelter hours are from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Outside those times, those interested can call 252-583-1050 for an appointment. He also encouraged afternoon visits.
“In the morning (the staff) is cleaning,” he said, adding this is an important function for the health of the animals.
Dillard also announced his office will be working with The Daily Herald to bring a Pet of the Week to coming editions.
Dillard said a photo and description will be placed in the newspaper with the hope even more animals can be placed.
With the shelter currently less than half full of adoptable pets, Dillard said this is the slow season, but with the coming of spring there will be many new litters of kittens and puppies coming in.
He is hoping with new hours and procedures, people in the Roanoke Valley will turn to their local shelter when looking for a new animal to join their home.