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New Goochland Animal Shelter and Adoption Center opens its doors

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 15:21:37-04

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. -- The new Goochland Animal Shelter and Adoption Center is opening its doors Monday to all of Goochland County's furry friends and pet lovers.

The facility, located on 1900 Hidden Rock Lane, is built on the foundation of the former animal shelter.

An adoption center, municipal animal shelter, and in house spay/neuter clinic are just a few of the amenities that the 13,941 square foot state of the art facility offers.

At maximum capacity, Goochland Animal Shelter and Adoption Center can hold approximately 32 dogs and 65 cats along with various other animals, as needed.

In hopes of the facility being a resource and representation of community and county collaboration, Goochland broke ground on the facility in August 2017.

The dream and mission of the Goochland Animal Shelter and Adoption Center were made a reality through the generous community contributions of Goochland Pet Lovers, county funds, and the late Rebecca Dickson, who was a former county administrator for Goochland.

In honor of Dickson's passion for the initiative, the facility’s leadership wing is named after her.

County Administrator John A. Budesky said he is thankful to Goochland Pet Lovers for being always being a cornerstone of support through the development process. Goochland Pet Lovers continues to raise funds for many things such as medical care, education, community engagement, and training for the Goochland County’s animal protection department.

Budesky believes the residents and pets deserve a caring environment.

"The Goochland County Animal Protection staff and I are excited to get to work in our new facility. The new shelter provides a safe environment for lost pets and gives visitors a comfortable and inviting atmosphere to view adoptable pets. Thank you to all involved that made this collaborative project a success," said Tim Clough, Animal Protection Director.

The new animal shelter and adoption center will be open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. However, to follow COVID-19 precautionary measures the county strongly encourages the community to experience and view the grand opening and 360 walkthrough tours, click here.