New animal shelter about to go to dogs and cats

Guilford County animal lovers have been waiting for a long time, but the time has finally come.

County closes dilapidated animal shelter at 4525 W. Wendover Ave. and opens the brand new shiny refuge at 980 Guilford College Road in Greensboro. The old refuge will be closed permanently on Monday, October 25.

To facilitate the relocation of animals, the former refuge will be closed to the public from Sunday October 10 to Tuesday October 12 and again from Sunday October 17 to Tuesday October 19.

The new refuge will be open to the public from Monday, November 1.

Those interested in planning adoption visits can visit https://www.guilfordcountync.gov/our-county/animal-services.

County officials began to designate the animal shelter as the “Guilford County Animal Resource Center.” However, people will no doubt continue to call it simply an “animal shelter”. (The two county jails also have fancy names and almost everyone just calls them Greensboro Jail and High Point Jail.)

During the transition, Guilford County Animal Control will continue to answer priority calls. The service can be reached at 336-641-5990, or, after 5 p.m., by dialing 911.

Guilford County Animal Services hosts the annual “Dump Shelters” – a weeklong adoption event – at its location 4525 W. Wendover, Monday October 4 through Friday October 8 from noon to 4 pm. , the shelter has a special ‘name your price’ adoption offer for those who want dogs and cats.

The announcement celebrating the opening of the new shelter provides a concise history of the new shelter effort: “Guilford County began construction of the new shelter in June 2020, noting at the time that it had been 70 years since our community had invested significantly in the welfare of unwanted, neglected and abused animals. The County Animal Services team will move from its 1930s facility which saw additions made in the 1950s and later in the 1980s to a new 33,000 square foot facility. The new Guilford County Animal Resource Center showcases state-of-the-art medical facilities, including a sterilization and sterilization room, surgery preparation areas and an animal intensive care unit. The new shelter is designed to adapt to fluctuating animal populations and can accommodate up to 550 animals, if needed, and will dramatically improve the efficiency of animal care.


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Jennifer R. Strohm

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