Humane Society Makes Facility Improvements | News Ga Fl

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MOULTRIE, Ga. – The Moultrie-Colquitt County Humane Society is well on its way with updates to the interior and exterior of its building.

In October, Moultrie City Council and the Colquitt County Board of Commissioners approved funding of $45,000 each to the Humane Society to help fund these improvements and repairs. Along with that money, MCCHS was also able to secure a $30,000 grant from the Atlanta Humane Society, according to MCCHS director Drew Durham.

“We also brought in $12,000 from our own budget and fundraising,” Durham said in an interview Thursday. “We have a few things that are already underway.”

The shelter has already started installing new fencing around their kennels and throughout their property. Rotten wood around the roof is replaced. More roof upgrades are planned later, along with painting the floors, desks and kennels, according to Durham.

“There were a few things that were already under discussion when I was recruited. Our Board of Directors wanted to do a lot of things like this and it has been going on for some time. We wanted the shelter to be a much more welcoming place for people to come. We looked at other shelters around to see what they were doing as well as larger shelters to see how we could work like them,” Durham said in an interview Thursday.

The shelter has already finished painting its offices and is currently working on painting 10 of its dog kennels, but the process, Durham admits, is slow.

“It takes time,” he said. “We need to be able to take care of the animals and have a place to house them while everything is going on.”

New awnings will be purchased as well as possible drainage works. The Humane Society has been in contact with the University of Georgia Archway Partnership for engineering improvements and building beautification.

“We had one of their interior designers come in and take a look and then she went to look at other shelters and did a very detailed report on how we could make our offices as welcoming as others she had seen… The engineering side were still in talks with. They will be continuing their project through the spring semester,” Durham said.

Durham said it was the support of the community that allowed these projects to take place.

“We just want to say thank you to the city and county. They have always been great defenders for us. We couldn’t do this without their support and that of the community.

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