February 16, 2016
New dog run at animal shelter a gift from residents
MURPHY (February 16, 2016) Murphy residents have stepped forward and demonstrated an enduring appreciation for the plight of animals by financing the construction of a dog run at the City of Murphy Animal Shelter, says Police Chief Arthur “Trey” Cotten.
“The Murphy Animal Shelter, paid for by Murphy residents and businesses, is a state-of-the-art facility that meets our needs quite well,” he said. “It replaced an aging and inadequate facility that did not necessarily reflect the community’s commitment to the humane treatment of animals.”
Murphy’s Animal Shelter was opened on Oct. 25, 2014 and elevated the care and temporary shelter of stray animals and those being offered for adoption.
“The shelter is one which we are very proud of,” said the Chief. “It is not only staffed by professionals on a full-time basis, but many residents are also committed to the shelter as regular volunteers. That, in itself, demonstrates that Murphy residents are aware of our responsibility to members of the animal kingdom.”
What the shelter lacked, however, was an adequate place for dogs and other animals to safely and securely be outdoors without a leash. Also lacking was a suitable location for potential pet adopters to interact with the animals they were contemplating on adopting.
Animal Shelter officials have been accepting donations from Murphy residents since the shelter’s opening. Residents who have chosen to provide additional funding for the upkeep of the shelter’s furry tenants have been generously contributing at various levels.
The result of that generosity has been the funding of the construction of an enclosed dog run, essentially a fenced pen with enough room for vigorous activity. Built at a cost of $5,295, the enclosure adds an additional dimension to the shelter’s amenities.
Dogs, cats and other adoptable animals are available for viewing and “interviewing” at the animal shelter during working hours. Costs associated with an adoption vary, depending on the needs of the animals.
“We very much appreciate the generosity of the residents of Murphy,” he added. “The animals we harbor will make good use of the new facility.”