Columbiana pound to add dog greeting rooms

By D.A. Wilkinson


Man and man’s best friend soon can get together for a private meet and greet.

The Columbiana County Dog Pound & Adoption Center plans to expand its facilities.

The county commissioners have asked for bids on construction at the building at 8455 County Home Road. The renovation and expansion funds will come from the department’s budget.

Commissioner Jim Hoppel said the bids are to be opened later this month.

Dawn Croft, county dog warden, said Thursday the expansion will include two new offices and two rooms where prospective dog owners and the animals can get to know one another. The rooms will be located away from the kennel.

“It’s a little more private,” Croft said, adding that it’s less stressful for the dog and the prospective owner.

Occasionally, the dog up for adoption doesn’t take to its potential owner. Croft said it’s better to know that now rather than after an adoption.

The pound is in need of more space. Croft’s office is used for storage, and the receptionist sits a few feet from the door.

Part of the office is under a roof that has a concrete floor and is open on three sides. That space will be enclosed and turned into a new office, a room for the workers and the two meet-and-greet rooms.

One room will be 7 feet by 61/2 feet, and the second will be 7 feet by 111/2 feet.

Croft said people come to the facility from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Illinois to adopt pets.

RoseAnn Hack, chief deputy dog warden, spends about two hours a night putting local adoptions on the Pet-Smart website.

“People are getting into rescuing animals,” Croft said.

Some owners also don’t look for their dogs who stray away, Croft said.

“Nobody comes looking for them. That’s why we, more and more, have a huge overpopulation of dogs,” she said.

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