Morgan County Animal Control to get badly needed shelter
JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (WICS) —
A rural animal shelter that has saved thousands of cats and dogs over the years will be able to help even more.
Many of the volunteers who pour their passion every day into helping the animals in Morgan County say they were shocked when they found out how much money was going to be spent to help them even more.
"Completely blew me away that they were able to do this and that the workers care so much and the administration cares so much for the animals that they are making this a priority," Morgan County Animal Control Volunteer Jessie Ross said.
A private donation of $385,000 was made to the Morgan County Animal Control shelter to build a new facility.
They desperately need a new shelter, Ross said.
"This one's not big enough," Ross said. "They're overrun with cats right now. We have two that we just bottle fed that are ready to be adopted out, but there's no current kennels for them. So we'll keep them longer to ensure that they're not put down."
Ross and her daughter Raine have saved about 40 kittens over the last several years.
The animal control shelter often relies on outside resources, like the Ross', when there's not enough room in the shelter.
"They're innocent," said Raine Ross. "They don't really do anything wrong and people turn their backs on them. I think they deserve a second chance no matter what."
The current facility is so small there's no room to separate all of the sick animals from healthy ones.
Animals that need surgery have to be transported to a doctor.
"Without these volunteers, these kittens and these cats wouldn't have nowhere and they, we wouldn't have anything," Raine Ross said.
The new facility will have rooms for exams, quarantine, and visitation.
News of the new animal control facility bring tears of joy to Raine Ross.
"It's an amazing feeling," Ross said. "You just feel so happy. These are happy tears."
Construction on the new facility grounds is underway.
They hope to move in by the end of this year.