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Preston County Animal Shelter Reopens, Plans for the Future

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The Preston County Animal Shelter had a little bit of a rough start to 2013, but the shelter and the Preston County Commission said that they're only looking forward from here on out.

"I think that today is the beginning of, perhaps not a new day, but sort of a fresh look. I think that's what we'd like to say," said Kathy Mace, Preston County administrator.

That "fresh look" includes everything from a new coat of paint to a new computer system.

Commissioners and the shelter agree that the new software, "Shelter Manager," makes keeping track of the animals a little bit easier.

"What that actually does is it tracks the animals from the time it arrives at the shelter until it's no longer in our care," said Mace. "It also does donations and financial components about rescues and adoptions."

"It'll make it much more efficient time wise because when you load these animals onto this program it will also load it onto our Facebook page and Pet Finder page automatically," said shelter manager Elaine Smith. "It's going to take much less time to get these animals loaded up to where they need to go so that everybody can find them to adopt them."

The shelter is only accepting personal checks and money orders to help any financial issues it was having before.

There is also an increase in price for adopting a dog. That's because the shelter is spaying and neutering each animal before it is adopted.

"Makes sure that these animals are taken care of the way they need to be that way when animals leave if they aren't already spayed and neutered," said Smith. "You really have no guarantee that these people adopting them are going to follow through. This way we know when they leave the shelter they are spayed and neutered and it's already taken care of."

One animal that is up for adoption and already neutered is the Dog of the Week, Brisco.

The shelter also has a new Facebook page.