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May 6, 2013



Catawba County Animal Services staff will conduct a thorough cleaning and sanitation of the Animal Shelter from May 20 through 24, 2013. The County is continuing a routine of sanitizing the shelter twice each year, as part of efforts to prevent a repeat of an outbreak of disease such as occurred in the fall of 2010. There is no outbreak currently occurring at the shelter.

“Thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing the shelter are some of the steps we take to help prevent the spread of disease or any future disease outbreaks,” said Mark Pettit, Assistant Director of Emergency Services.

The routine and thorough process will encompass all areas and surfaces of the shelter, including the heating and air system. All animals that are in the Shelter at the time the cleaning begins will be moved to portable kennels outside.

In an effort to minimize the number of animals that will have to be housed outside in tents during this time, Catawba County is offering half-price adoptions during the week prior to the cleaning. Between May 13 and May 24, 2013, adoption fees will be $25, instead of $50, for cats, and $37.50, instead of $75, for all dogs.

From May 20 through May 24, 2013, the public will not be allowed into the Animal Shelter building. Tents will be erected in the shelter’s parking area to house adoptable animals. There will also be additional tents set up in the fenced-in area for incoming animals.

“During the cleaning and sanitation period, every attempt will be made to continue normal operations at the shelter. However, due to this process, we are requesting that, unless absolutely necessary, citizens please refrain from bringing in owner-surrendered animals during this time,” Pettit said.

The shelter building will reopen on Saturday, May 25, 2013.

To see currently available animals, you may visit the Catawba County Animal Shelter at 100 Southwest Blvd #C, Newton, NC 28658 or visit Shelter hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact Animal Services at (828) 465-8228 or