The Washington Times-Herald

June 26, 2013

Animal Control Facility has new exercise park for shelter dogs

By Lindsay Owens
Washington Times-Herald

WASHINGTON — The City of Washington Animal Control and Adoption Facility now has its new dog park open.

“Volunteers are welcome to come out and take the dogs into the park individually to run and play,” said Beth Trousdale, manager of the facility.

Volunteers must be age 16 or older to be at the facility by themselves, but younger volunteers are welcome to walk dogs too if accompanied by an adult.

The park facility, which was several months in the making, opened earlier this spring. Trousdale said the response has been terrific.

“We had 22 dogs out there one day,” she added.

 Not only are the animals housed at the shelter now able to run freely in the safe environment, but the park also offers people who may want to adopt, but have other animals at home,  a place to allow all the animals a chance to interact. 

“We like to use the park for people to interact with potential adoptions.

People can bring their current pet to interact with the shelter dog to see which one is the best fit for their family.”  Funding for the park was completed in-whole by donations. Trousdale said over $200 in t-shirts as well as many monetary donations made the creation of the venue possible.

The Washington Animal Facility opened in May of 1993 to serve the residence of the city and county. The modern facility typically houses between 20 and 30 cats and 20 and 30 dogs on any given day.

  Adoption fees for the facility are $25 for puppies and dogs, $15 for cats and $10 for kittens. There is also a spay and neuter deposit fee of $40 for dogs and puppies and $30 for cats and kittens.

To adopt an animal from the shelter, potential owners must agree to have the animal spayed or neutered.

All dogs adopted from the shelter must be kept on the property of the person who has adopted them and cannot be continuously chained. The animal can also not be given away without first contacting the animal shelter for approval and all animals must be given a five-in-one shot, as well as be wormed.

The shelter is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The facility is also open on Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

“The shelter staff would like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this awesome project.  The animals and the patrons have already been able to enjoy the new area for the shelter,” said Trousdale.

For more information on the shelter or to volunteer, visit the City of Washington website, www.washingtonin.us and click on the animal control department or call 254-8226.