MERLIN, Ore. -- The Josephine County Animal Shelter received some major support last year after voters approved a levy. The shelter coordinator, Laura Milnes explained the many ways those resources are being put to use. She also detailed how the facility is looking to possibly re-locate and expand.
The facility currently houses over 150 animals. "We're an open admission shelter," explains Milnes. "We take in animals who are stray, animals that have been surrendered, animals from animal proteciton and field cases.nimals who are on quarantine from rabies exposure. So there's a lot of different reasons they come in here."
Ruth Lee is one of the volunteers with the shelter. She says she gives up her time because of the great people and the great facility. She also says the shelter is always looking for new help to just spend time with the animals.
"We were just so grateful for the support from the community," Ruth explained about the money they received from the levy. "It was just magnificent with our new room that we got. But we continue to need support. We have so many animals."
Milnes says they were able to make many upgrades with the money they received. "A big one was our outdoor play yards," she says. "We now have multiple outdoor play yards for the dogs so they can get a break from the kennel. Including one's with covers so that our escape artists can also go outside."
The Josephine County Animal Shelter is also thinking about relocation. The age of the facility is a big factor. The location next to the airport is another. So they are keeping their antennae up, looking for options.
Finally, the facility is also hoping to have on site veterinary care in the future. Milnes says it will reduce the vet bills they currently need to outsource and it will better enable them to provide quick care to the animals in the shelter.
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