New animal shelter is a couple months away

Published 12:04 am Friday, April 3, 2015

Ross Jackson Plumbing employee Tyler Trout cuts the slab for the new Natchez-Adams County Humane Society shelter on Liberty Road. Work continues on the interior and exterior of the building, including exterior covered space for dog runs. (Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat)

Ross Jackson Plumbing employee Tyler Trout cuts the slab for the new Natchez-Adams County Humane Society shelter on Liberty Road. Work continues on the interior and exterior of the building, including exterior covered space for dog runs. (Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — The Natchez-Adams County Humane Society is two months away from moving into its new building.

The metal building, manufactured by Morton Buildings of Garden City, Ala., arrived in December 2014 at the society’s Liberty Road location.

NACHS President Kathy Fitch said the entire exterior on the building has been placed and the interior walls are ready to be attached.

In addition, a special ceiling product has been added to the building, which is expected to maintain noise levels within the facility.

“They are putting the metal wrap around the ceiling, which is a special product that absorbs sound to cut down on noise from dogs,” Fitch said.

NACHS Vice President Sue Stedman said the building is coming along according to schedule.

The exterior of the new shelter is nearly complete. Construction crews hope to be finished with the interior in the next couple months. (Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat)

The exterior of the new shelter is nearly complete. Construction crews hope to be finished with the interior in the next couple months. (Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat)

“We have done as much to this shelter as we could possibly afford,” she said. “Noise is always a problem. So the ceiling product will be essential to our workers.”

Although Stedman said the building is due to be completed in June, it all depends on the weather.

“All of the rain has not helped a lot,” Stedman said. “We are hoping we will get things moving along.”

Once the building is complete, Stedman said the NACHS anticipates a smooth transition to the new location, which is located across the street and a bit north of the present shelter location on Liberty Road.

“We will test all of the systems and make sure that everything is in top shape,” Stedman said.

The humane society’s new building will cost the organization nearly $1.38 million.

The building is 6,510 square feet and has 877 square feet of exterior covered area.

Donations to the building project can be mailed to P.O. Box 549, Natchez, MS 39121.

Donations of food or supplies can be dropped off at the current humane society at 392 Liberty Road from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Those who wish to adopt an animal are encouraged to visit natchezpetadoptions.org.