3 Things You Need to Know About Rocky Mount's New Animal Shelter

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened."
---Anatole France

New Animal Shelter Open on Church Street

Animals find a way into our hearts. Whether it’s a canine companion to play fetch with at the new Rocky Mount dog park, or a cat that sleeps at the foot of the bed, animals make a difference in the lives of so many people.

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The  Rocky Mount Police Department's Animal Services Unit opened a new facility at 1017 N. Church Street in Rocky Mount. It will provide even more opportunities for citizens to adopt and rescue a homeless animal. 

Willie Boykin, the animal services supervisor said that the improvements fulfill his visitation to make the shelter more inviting.  In addition, the unit helps keep the community and local pets safe. Some stray animals may have diseases that can spread to family pets, and others may be a nuisance and even pose threats.

Interesting Facts About the Animal Services Unit & the New Shelter

  • It has kennels for 30 cats and 40 dogs--- nearly double the capacity of the previous location. In addition, a new outdoor area gives animals fresh air and the ability to run. The new facility was formerly Down East Kennels.
  •  It cost approximately $160,000, including $100,000 for the facility and at least $60,000 in renovations.
  • Heated and sealed flooring benefits both animals and employees. Without cracks or breaks in the floor, bacteria will be kept out, so the public won't have to worry about sickness in the kennel area. The floor ensures that everything drains properly.
  • The new location has much more room, which means there is a special interaction area where prospective adoptive pet parents can meet their newest family members. In addition, there is a quarantine room for feral cats and a laboratory area.

What should you do if you encounter a stray animal?

Remember that a stray, sick and potentially injured animal is frightened and unpredictable. Don’t make any sudden moves.  If you try to capture the animal yourself, you may be scratched or bitten. Call the animal control unit.

Consider This When Adopting a Dog, Cat or Other Pet

As much as you would love to take your new friend home, there are a few things that you should do first:

  1. Make sure the animal has no diseases and has been given a clean bill of health.
    If the animal has health problems, make sure you can afford to care for him properly.
  2. If you have other pets, remember that they may not get along with another addition to the family. Introduce them carefully and slowly. 
  3. Check newspapers, online forums and message boards to see if  anyone has lost a pet matching the description of the animal. 
  4. Be aware of state and local ownership requirements. Just because you've found the animal doesn’t mean you officially own it. First, there has to be an attempt to reunite the animal with previous owner. Speak to agencies about their specific requirements.


Did You Know the Animal Shelter Offers Other Services?

The Animal Control Unit is dedicated to promoting spaying and neutering to reduce the homeless pet population. If you adopt a pet, you must provide evidence that it has been "fixed" before the adoption process is finalized.

Other services include reduced-cost rabies clinics and making educational information available to the community. 

While the location and facility has changed, the purpose of the Animal Services Unit remains the same: to give the public as many opportunities as possible to adopt stray or unwanted animals.

"We connect with hundreds of rescue groups on a weekly basis," says Boykin. "Watching
our animals get adopted just makes us smile."

How to Adopt a Pet in Rocky Mount NC

Interested in adopting a new friend? Take a look at the dogs and cats up for adoption.

For more information on the new unit or to inquire about animal adoption, please call
252.972.1390 from 8:30 a.m to 5 p.m. 

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