Animal shelter

Animal shelter opens in new home | The star

AUBURN — With moving day over, the DeKalb County Humane Society in South Auburn opened the doors to its new 6,800 square foot building last week.

Director Kelly Collins-Ross is excited to show the amenities of the shelter at 5730 CR 11-A, but most importantly, to share her love for the nearly two dozen dogs and 100 cats looking for forever homes, many call by name.

Cats and kittens play with toys and investigate light fixtures or snuggle with volunteers in separate areas, while dogs enjoy the luxury of fenced enclosures outside their kennels. A new meet and greet room offers potential pet parents and fur babies time to get to know each other. The walls are decorated with paintings and prints by local artists, some of which are offered for sale.

“The adoption is going well,” according to Collins-Ross, “but we just wish we could get as many adoptions as the ones (dogs and cats) that come in.

“It’s worse than I’ve ever seen,” she said of the number of calls from people wanting the shelter to pick up found or abandoned animals. “We get at least two or three calls a day.” Some people are returning pets due to post-COVID, the economy – and even homelessness.

The shelter is under contract with local communities to pick up stray animals and manage as many as possible on site, she adds.

Donations are always appreciated, especially pet food. Preferred choices are Pedigree dog food, Purina indoor cat food, or any brand of wet cat food.

People can fill out online forms for adoption or learn about volunteer opportunities online at dekalbhumanesociety.org, or by stopping by the shelter. The hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.