City to launch campaign for new animal shelter

More than 20 years after an old pool house was renovated to create Fulton’s Garrett Animal Shelter as a temporary measure for the city’s animal control department, city leaders now are working on a more permanent solution.

The City of Fulton is partnering with the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce’s Community Betterment Foundation to raise money for construction of a new animal shelter.

“I think it’s something that’s been hanging out there for a number of years. It’s time to try something,” Mayor LeRoy Benton said when asked why the city has decided to take action now.

In his monthly column for The Fulton Sun — which will run in the Tuesday edition — Benton wrote that “the citizens demand the care afforded its animals to be of highest standards. We have outgrown this facility and it requires substantial upgrades.”

He said that city staff have determined it would be better to entirely replace the existing shelter than to renovate. Plans have been developed for a larger building — Benton said the new facility would be approximately 50 percent larger than the existing shelter with the capacity to house 30-40 dogs as opposed to the 20 it currently holds. The estimated cost for the project is $250,000.

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