The Preston County Commission is adding three new full time positions at the Preston County Animal Shelter. The idea is that the full time employees will be able to get even more animals adopted. The first official day on the job for the new full time employees will be Monday, December 16.
Brittaney Shearer was originally hired in August as a part time employee, and is now the Shelter Director. The Preston County Commission decided the shelter need more help on a daily basis.
"They started with the full-time hours just because of the amount of hours and the things that need done here daily," said Shearer. "So they basically worked full time hours on a temporary basis to see if a full time position was needed. Obviously we had some pretty great results for three employees was what's needed to care for all of the animals."
The shelter continues to care for hundreds of animals each year. It also works in partnerships with rescue organizations to help animals get adopted faster.
"To keep at the level that we have been, we had to do something," said Craig Jennings, the Preston County Commission President. "We either had to lay her off, lay that position off or hire another part time person or you know turn that person full time. And she deserved it, she worked her way up to earn that position."
There is also a 'Giving Tree' at the shelter to help get items that volunteers and employees of the shelter use every day.
"It's kind of like the Salvation Army Angel Trees. There's tags on it with things that we can use at the shelter daily. People can come pick a tag off and bring that time to the shelter," said Shearer. "If you're not local to pick a tag off we can also send a wish list of items we need. And basically just things to help keep us functioning all year."
There's also a new addition to care for the animals before they get to their forever homes. All of the animals at the PCAS will be spayed and neutered before they are taken home.
The shelter employees do take holiday adopting very seriously, so think hard before you decide to adopt.
If you decide you would like to adopt an animal, the shelter has adoption hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 AM-6 PM and Saturday from 9 AM-2 PM. The Preston County Animal Shelter can be reached at 304-329-3461.