Sunday, February 5, 2017

30% MORE KENNELS

Source:  The Lancaster News
Article by Mandy Catoe
Sunday, February 5, 2017

An Indian Land-based animal-rescue group has raised more than three-fourths of the money it needs to expand the county animal shelter’s capacity for dogs by 30 percent.

Lancaster Area Shelter Supporters are just $3,000 short of their goal of $17,500 for a portable, climate-controlled kennel that will be placed on a county-laid concrete pad at the shelter at 118 Kennel Lane.


“Since the building is self-contained, it can be moved when – not if – Lancaster County builds a new animal shelter,” said LASS member Diane Rashall.


LASS and other animal-support groups have been a constant presence at county council meetings over the past year urging members to address the overcrowded shelter.


“As a county, we have to do better than we have done,” said county council member Larry Honeycutt.


He expressed admiration for LASS’s dedication and energy and believes the county is moving in a positive direction to make improvements. He hopes the county will soon build a new shelter.


T
he 12- by 26-foot unit will have seven dog kennels. Currently, the county has 24 kennels, but often six of those are occupied by dogs being held in court-related cases, reducing the number of available kennels for adoptable dogs.
The kennel expansion, which should save an additional 100 dogs each year, is a joint effort between LASS, county council, shelter staff and volunteers.


The county will pour the concrete pad and provide the utilities.


“These are living creatures and we need to put them at the top of the priority list,” Honeycutt said. “I will do my very best with my remaining time on council to improve the housing for these animals.


“LASS does a wonderful job and the current council is dedicated to helping them out,” Honeycutt said.


More information can be found on the Facebook page Maddie’s LC Dogs. LASS is a certified nonprofit, so all contributions are tax-deductible. Donations can be sent to LASS, 51037 Arrieta Court, Indian Land, SC 29707. Call Diane Rashall at (704) 576-5674 with any questions.