Metro Animal Shelter New Addition

By WVUA 23 Reporter Libbi Farrow

A few furry friends got to move into their new homes last week as the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter unveiled its all new expansion and renovation.

The revamped facility was made possible thanks to collaboration between Tuscaloosa city and county and the city of Northport.

Northport City Council President Jay Logan said the new renovation has been a long and sought out process.

“We started on this journey maybe three years ago,” Logan said.

Logan, Tuscaloosa City Councilman Kip Tyner and Tuscaloosa County Commissioner Stan Acker joined forces to make the animal shelter’s dream a reality, Logan said.

“This is a great day in terms of how we manage and control and assess the health and wellness of our pet population,” he said.

The new area features adoption rooms, a surrendered animal section, foster coordinator rooms, cat and puppy rooms and a free-roaming cat room.

Before the renovation, the animal shelter was often crowded and even overflowing. Not to mention there wasn’t enough room for visitors to browse.

The average cost of an adoption at the Tuscaloosa Animal Metro Shelter is between $50 and $100, but Friday they waived all adoption fees in celebration of the renovation..

The expansion will help create more organization for not only the animals, but staff and volunteers as well.

Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter Executive Director Jennifer Earp said the new space has plenty of uses.

It will be easier to separate sick animals and keep smaller dogs and larger dogs in different spots.

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