QUITMAN, GA (WALB) - The Quitman Animal Shelter is now bigger and better.
Friday morning, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new facility. It is three times as big as the old shelter, allowing the shelter to now house up to 26 dogs.
The new shelter is also easier to keep clean and will keep the dogs safer. It took over two years to build and cost about $65,000, all of which was raised through fundraisers and donations.
"It gives us more time to network and get the dogs pulled in to rescue because unfortunately when the shelter fills up then other decisions have to be made," said Quitman Animal Shelter Volunteer Itaska Borowski.
Continued Borowski, "So, the fact that it is even bigger gives us more time and keeps the dogs safer that way."
Charles DeVane, the man who purchased and donated the land for the new shelter, said after he started the project in June of 2013 he got a little worried that he may have to stop, but he says generosity from the community made sure that didn't happen and he is extremely thankful for that.
"Langboard of Valdosta provided all the materials and [two families] provided some money," DeVane explained.
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