Columbus, NC – Foothills Humane Society (FHS) had its ribbon-cutting ceremony for the New Digs for Dogs building on Thursday, May 6th. The new 4,000 square foot building has 28 kennels split into 3 different sections. There is even a puppy section complete with its own HVAC system allowing for segregation of mothers and puppies from other adult dogs. Each kennel has epoxy walls and floors for easy sanitation, which ultimately reduces the risk of disease in the shelter dogs. Large windows provide natural lighting that reduces stress and allows for great views of the outdoors. There is access to covered outdoor runs for the dogs that allows them to spend time playing outside in all weather conditions. The building also has a veterinary exam room, laundry room, food storage room, and dog shower. New Digs for Dogs was partially funded by a matching grant by the Polk County Community Foundation.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by numerous supporters and benefactors of FHS as well as Polk County’s Commissioners and Animal Control. It was followed by a reception cohosted by the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Food was provided by Katie D’s NY Deli, wine tasting was provided by Mountain Brook Vineyards, and flowers were provided by The Garden Patch. Pictured in the ribbon cutting is FHS Executive Director Bill Coleman, board members Beth Laughridge, Richard & Susan Wallahora, Diane Balding, Kathy Toomey, Sami Bolton, Barbara Claussen, Eric Straus, benefactor Stuart Evans, and Polk County Commissioners Tommy Melton, Paul Beiler, David Moore, and Andre Overholt.
Foothills Humane Society (FHS) is a private non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organization located on 11 acres nestle in the bucolic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Polk County, North Carolina. Our Mission is to shelter and care for stray and surrendered companion animals within our community; prevent cruelty to animals; reunite lost animals with their owners, adopt animals to qualified homes or place them with reputable rescue organizations; and educate the public about responsible animal ownership and population control. For more information, please call (828) 863-4444 or visit https://www.foothillshumanesociety.org/