There's new hope for an Animal Shelter here in the east.
Thousands of dollars in budget cuts, on top of state violations put the Greene County Animal Shelter in jeopardy.
"We got our inspection we didn't pass. And the reason we didn't is because of the structure of the building. Our building is old," said Health Director, Michael Rhodes.
The building had drainage problems, roof leaks, patched fencing and missing doors. But after a $13,000 dollar budget cut, Rhodes had no idea how the shelter was going to pay for the repairs, let alone feed the animals.
Shelter attendant, Gayle Joyner, had an idea. She started asking for donations on the shelter's Facebook page. And it didn't take long for people in the community to catch the "giving bug"
"Its been very heartwarming and we feel very fortunate," said Joyner.
Repair work is already underway, in part because of a $2,000 dollar grant from the ASPCA. But the support doesn't stop there.
"In a couple of weeks we got well over a thousand pounds of dog food," said Rhodes.
One anonymous person even donated a brand new washer and dryer and heating and air conditioning unit.
The donations have also given the animals a longer window to get adopted. In the past 90 days the shelter has only had on major euthanization.
But that doesn't mean the shelter is out of the woods just yet.
"It looks like a lot if you see what's in our storage room but it's probably only going to last a couple months. And this is something that has got to be ongoing so we can get the shelter back to where it's supposed to be," said Joyner.
Snow Hill-based company, "Happy Jack" is also stepping up to help. They say they will match monetary donations up to $5,000.
For more information about how you can help visit the shelter's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greene-County-Animal-Shelter/227907530601500
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