GASTON COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Improvements to Gaston County's Animal Care and Enforcement Shelter are nearly complete.
The renovations began in early August, after the state informed the shelter that changes were needed.
The shelter recently underwent a floor resurfacing project. The concrete floors in the shelter's main building have been covered with a new epoxy surface.
"(It's) much safer and cleaner for the animals," said Dr. Kristine Blankenship, administrator for Gaston Animal Care and Enforcement.
She said a new facility to house cats is also scheduled to have air conditioning installed this week. The cats will soon be moved into that location. Additionally, much of the chain link fencing used in the shelter will be replaced, according to Blankenship.
Blankenship also added that the shelter is seeing an increase in adoptions. She estimates that the shelter has seen a 10 to 15 percent increase in adoptions this year. She elaborated that some days the shelter can receive up to 10 dogs a day, and can become cramped for space.
"We are working within the limits of what we have here. It's a small facility so we don't really have the capabilities of holding that many animals," Blankenship said.
The administrator stressed that educating the public about controlling the pet population is important.
"Spaying and neutering your pets is the best option to decrease the number of unwanted animals so that we decrease the number of animals that enter in the shelter," she said.
Blankenship said there are plans to move the shelter to a new location on Radio Street, but that project is still years away.