FRANKLIN COUNTY CUTS RIBBON ON NEW ANIMAL SHELTER

Rocky Mount, Virginia – The Franklin County Board of Supervisors cut the ribbon on a brand new $1.4 million facility. The new 6,000 sq. ft. shelter will more than triple the size of the existing shelter which was built in the early 1970s and had a history of deficiencies. The new facility is centrally located along State Street within the Town of Rocky Mount and is more conveniently located for County residents than the previous shelter which was located adjacent to the County’s old landfill.


The project represents many years of planning and follows a year of construction. The new shelter has a modern ventilation system, incorporates natural light, and is more open & inviting to the visiting public. The new animal shelter provides sufficient space for the existing dog and cat populations and includes room for the future growth. In addition to more dog and cat kennels, the new facility includes an isolation area for sick pets, an animal meet and greet adoption room, the animal control office, a sally port to unload animals safely, as well as an outdoor exercise area. The new facility addresses deficiencies that plagued the previous facility including handicap accessibility, failing septic system, poor ventilation, adequate isolation and quarantine areas, and aging building components. Balzer and Associates were the Architects and Frith Construction was the general contractor for this project.
The new facility is now open to the public as follows:

  • Monday – Closed
  • Tuesday – 11am-6pm
  • Wednesday 11am-4pm
  • Thursday 11am-6pm
  • Friday 11am-4pm
  • Saturday 10am-2pm
  • Sunday – Closed
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