WINFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — A little 4-year-old dachshund mix stole the hearts of Jan Pringle and Dan Robinson, who stopped by the new Putnam Animal Shelter the day before the building's ribbon cutting ceremony.
"Her name is Minnie Robinson," Pringle, of Cross Lanes, said as the dog repeatedly attempted to kiss her. "She's going to have a good home.
"She has a little brother in the back and I hope someone adopts him," Pringle said.
Although Pringle never visited the old shelter, which was tucked away on the other side of the Winfield Bridge, she said she was impressed with the new facility.
"It's a beautiful building," she said. "This place is just great."
Officials moved everything into the new building Oct. 30 and opened the doors the next day.
Lisa Herdman, office manager, said the shelter has nine cats, a rat, two puppies and several dogs. Some of the animals were moved over from the older facility and some recently were brought in.
The facility, which has a bigger capacity than the old building, can hold 24 puppies and 32 cats.
"It was a small building over there," Herdman said. "This place is three times bigger than the other place."
That's not the only difference.
Herdman said the new location is much easier to find, the kennels are easier to clean and there is better ventilation for the kennels. She also noted the walking trail behind the shelter.
The facility, which is right off W.Va. 62, has been a long time coming.
"We've had several fundraisers to get money for it and lots of people have donated money for it. It's been a very long time — about nine years," Herdman said, later adding, "The last building was horrible. The ceilings were falling down."
According to the shelter's Facebook page, the facility has been in operation since 1986. Adoption fees, which cover the first set of shots and sterilization by the shelter's vet, are $40 for dogs and $35 for cats. The shelter is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It's closed on Sundays.
As Herdman thought about the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which took place Nov. 5, she said she was excited.
"It's been a long time coming and it's something we needed," she said.
Information from: Charleston Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.com