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New shelter offers animals a safe place to stay

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AIKEN, SC (WFXG) -

More than 30 dogs found in terrible living conditions finally have a chance at finding a good new home, and are adjusting to life at the brand new Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare.

"We came here and did a tour of the adoption center. We saw her and I mean we just fell in love with her," said Andrew Johnson, the proud owner of a new dog.

Andrew and his family are taking home Nicki, one of the dogs at the new SPCA building. The shelter celebrated its grand opening with big crowds and adoption specials. The staff members were all hopeful many of the animals would find permanent homes. 

"A lot of people interested in adopting, a lot of people asking questions about spaying and neutering their pets," said Chrissy Miller, a staff member at the new building. 

Miller says spaying and neutering pets is a way to make sure more animals don't end up in shelters. 

"Well its always heartbreaking. Of course recently we took in quite a few dogs from an alleged puppy mill," said Miller. 

 More than thirty of those pups came to the shelter after being found in deplorable conditions in Edgefield.

"Every animal here has a tragic story. Some have been abandoned by owners, some of them their owners may have passed away," said Miller. 

 But now these animals have a safe and clean environment to live in while they await their new homes.

"This is really, really a magical thing for the animals. They're so much safer here, they're so much more adoptable," said Miller. 

If you would like more information on adopting from the Aiken SPCA, click here.

 

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