Guilford County Animal Shelter launches campaign for new facility

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- The Guilford County Animal Shelter will launch its "Raise the Roof" campaign on Friday in an effort to raise $5 million for a new facility.

The original section of the shelter was built in 1940 and old age is causing kennels to rot. Older kennels are repaired and repainted by the county, but the director of the shelter, Marsha Williams, says that is only a temporary fix.

"It's the first time since I've been here at the shelter in 12 years that we have not passed our agriculture inspection, because our facility is just deteriorating," Williams said.

The current facility also is so overpopulated, that make shift kennels had to be made to house the over 700 animals that do not fit in the shelter's main building.

Williams hopes the new, larger shelter will have better ventilated kennels to cut down on disease.

"When the animal is breathing they're spreading disease, and the air is trapped in the building. We want something that's going to go out and give each individual air kennel their own air supply," Williams said.

After raising one-fourth of their goal, the shelter will hire a consultant to help decide how to rebuild the facility.

The official launch and announcement of the campaign will take place Friday night at 6 p.m. at the "Pooches on the Patio" event at McPherson's Bar and Grill.

Supporters can donate now through adoptshelterpets.org.