Progress has been slow, but showing a new sign

May. 13, 2014 @ 07:49 PM

Vance County is slowly moving forward with construction of a new animal shelter.

Animal Control, along with local animal groups, recently installed signage officially marking the future site of the Vance County Animal Shelter.

Frankie Nobles, director of Animal Control, said about an acre of the five-acre land plot has been cleared for the sign.

He said the sign was donated by Loughner Signs, lumber was donated by Builder’s Discount Center and the landscaping help from Franklin Brothers Nursery and Greenhouses and Thompson Landscaping.

The Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society, the Girl Scouts, Humane Society of Vance County, Friends of Vance County Animal Shelter and the Girl Scouts cadets all helped in putting up the sign and raking leaves, Nobles said.

At the county commissioner’s planning retreat in January, the commissioners committed to developing a three-year plan for constructing a new county animal shelter, in coordination with the animal advisory committee, by the end of 2014 fiscal year.

They also agreed to clear the lot, place a sign to identify the facility and establish a fundraising process by October 2014.

In February 2012, the Ruin Creek Animal Protection Society donated five acres of land at a Brodie Road property and RCAPS founder Charles Boyd presented his plans for a shelter that would offer increased kennel capacity, separate adoption and veterinary care areas, and walking trails.

About 2,200 animals have come through the shelter since July 2013.

Nobles said the donation was made under the condition that the county would begin construction within five years.

The animal advisory committee is working on acquiring 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status for the committee to encourage donations for construction of the new site.

Gail Latta, a member of Friends of Vance County Animal Shelter, said the committee submitted an application to the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exemption last month.

She said she doesn’t know when the application will be processed.

“Everything is still in the works,” she said. “We are all looking forward to getting a much needed shelter erected and setting up our fundraisers.”

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