As the Fayette County Dog Shelter enters a new year, shelter officials recently looked back on 2020 to see how the shelter fared during the year of the pandemic.
Throughout 2020, the shelter welcomed 290 dogs. Of these 290 dogs as well as the dogs that were still at the shelter since 2019, 291 dogs were either rescued, bought back by owners, or adopted into new families.
According to Dog Warden Nelson Prater, the shelter is starting in 2021 with 10 dogs in its care. Prater (who has been at the shelter since 2010), Chasity Arnett (who has been at the shelter since 2014) and Assistant Dog Warden Brittany Bryant (who is at the shelter) help care for these dogs and carry out shelter responsibilities. since 2018).
Not only did the staff help take care of the dogs, but so did the community. According to Prater, the shelter’s recent fundraiser has gone well. This fundraiser was called “Stuff the Tote”, which replaced the annual “Operation Fill a Stocking” fundraiser due to COVID guidelines and concerns.
Community members were able to donate items during opening hours via a bag placed outside the shelter, located at 1550 Robinson Road in Washington Court House.
“Stuff the Tote has gone really well for such a tough year. We got lots of goodies and treats,” Prater wrote via email.
Several donations were also made throughout the year, not just during the holiday season.
“We still have a lot of support from the community and fellow animal lovers,” Prater wrote. “We are excited to see what 2021 will bring to the shelter and we look forward to another wonderful year serving Fayette County!”
To follow the activities of the shelter and the puppies available for adoption, follow the Facebook page, “Fayette County Dog Shelteror visit the website at www.faycoso.com/155/Fayette-County-Dog-Shelter. Race, health or temperament are not guaranteed. Those who want to inquire should call the shelter directly instead of depending on social media comments: 740-335-6630.
Contact reporter Jennifer Woods at 740-313-0355.
One of the donations to the Fayette County Dog Shelter in 2020 came from the Gandee family. The note that was left with the donation read: To all the doggos, hope this helps you find your Fur-ever home! In memory of Emily Gandee.