Animal shelter’s location deserves a second look

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Those who sell real estate know that three words — location, location, location — determine how well a property sells.

We can apply the same principle to the proposed location of the new Wilson County Animal Shelter. If the location beside the landfill in east Wilson proves to be a great place for dogs and cats to be adopted, then our fears are unfounded. However, if the public — for whatever reason — does not go to the new shelter, who pays the price?

That’s right, the rescued dogs and cats will end up losing their lives. Is this worth the risk for the animals? Instead of an adoption center, we will create a killing center. Is that what we want to create in our town?

There is land available where the current shelter is located. There are trees in front of the current shelter and enough land to build a new adoption center. This land does have soft soil 3-4 feet down. We learned this when For the Love of Dogs and the Wilson County Humane Society hired a company to test the soil almost 10 years ago. This can be corrected.

The primary question we must ask is: What is the goal in building a new shelter?

We would like to thank the county commissioners for making the money available in the new budget to build the shelter. A great big thanks to Commissioner Chris Hill for taking the lead in this long-awaited endeavor.

Della and Max Fitz-Gerald


The writers are co-owners of For the Love of Dogs, a nonprofit animal rescue group and shelter.