New Aiken County Animal Shelter opens

It's national puppy day, and what better way to celebrate than with a brand new home for hundreds of animals? Aiken County's new animal shelter opened up on Sunday.

It was a special day for  Bobby Arthurs, chief enforcement officer at the Aiken County Animal Shelter.
"Man, it's just like opening up presents on Christmas morning. This is unreal. We've been waiting on this for a very long time," Arthurs told WFXG.
Arthurs said with the growing number of stray animals and unwanted pets, the old shelter was over capacity and housing animals became difficult and a health hazard. The new shelter is double the size of the current facility. With three wings customized to fit all the their needs, Arthurs saID the new building is a more humane way to keep the animals .   

If you're interested in adopting a pet or becoming a foster owner, the shelter's doors are opening up to the public Monday at 8 a.m.
Tammy Butler considers herself an animal lover, who works closely with the shelter's staff, fostering and adopting dogs and pups whenever she gets a chance. She saID she's at ease knowing the animals are in a new, more comfortable place.
"it makes me feel better that these animals have a better home and knowing that Aiken County is actually helping a lot with that," said Butler.
Now the goal is to minimize the number of stray animals in the streets and also euthanizations.
"We have this place here, and we don't want it to fill up like the old shelter did so we definitely want people to be responsible and have their pets spayed and neutered," said Arthurs.

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