The morning of Tuesday, October 30, 2018, was bright and lovely as local community leaders, donors, former board members, and employees joined current employees, volunteers, board members and TLHS president Jay Quimby for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for our brand new facility.
It was a day that had been in the making for over 13 years and one that was well worth the wait. Shelter operational director Rachel Allred says they are thrilled to open the doors of the new beautiful, fully functional facility and leave behind the old shelter which had become overcrowded, outdated, and lacking the space and tools needed to be fully operational. For instance, spay and neuter procedures were previously performed off-site due to the lack of proper space. Now, veterinary procedures can be performed right inside the shelter in our new modern exam and surgery rooms.
In addition to proper medical areas, the new shelter also holds a cat sanctuary, large rooms for the pets including separate rooms for small breed and large breed dogs and pups, storage rooms for supplies, waiting rooms for the surgery center, classrooms for hosting public and educational programs, several adoption rooms for families to have privacy while they meet their new furbabies for the first time, and two garages that help improve animal control and the transportation of animals to and from the facility. Overall, the new shelter has enough space for 450 animals plus room for overflow if necessary.
Tupelo-Lee Humane Society welcomes our community to tour our new center and visit our beloved shelter pets during our business hours of Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Check out pictures of the new shelter and highlights from the grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration in the slideshow below.