The Jackson County Animal Shelter is celebrating following the opening of phase one of their new facility.
Those who care for stray and surrendered animals in Jackson County now have a state-of-the-art facility to help them find forever homes. Jackson County Animal Shelter Director Joe Barlow said, “We have people from all over the South come through this shelter. So, we’re very excited to have a nicer space to offer our customers, guests, and our animals.”
The cut of a ribbon officially opened phase one of a three phase project at the Jackson County Animal Shelter in Gautier. At 5,000 square feet, 1.1 million dollars, the building will house administrative and adoption services for the shelter, along with spaces to house animals at the shelter.
The extension gives employees and animals much more space to operate. Jackson County Supervisor Ken Taylor says the new facility is a much needed addition. “The facilities here years ago, well they’re archaic and they were pretty run down and everyone recognized it and we said ‘this is what we’ve got to do.’”
First and foremost in the design of the building is animal care. One H-VAC system in the facility services the animals living areas and helps prevent the spread of bacteria and other contagious illnesses. “If we have one animal with an upper respiratory that helps keep those microbes out of the air, back into the system, and not passing down to the next kennel or cage.”
Above all, the building’s emphasis on adoption gives animals and those looking to adopt a nice place to connect. Adoption Coordinator Maridee Mallette said, “Like I said, I’ve been waiting on this for so long. It’s just amazing to finally have something that’s better for the animals and it shows that we’re really trying hard to get them adopted.”
With phase one complete, work will now turn to phases two and three to provide more animal housing and new facilities for other shelter operations.