Standing in the new visitation room at the Columbia County Animal Control building, Linda Fulmer was showing off.
''My mom made the curtains," she said, pointing at the green curtains with a collage of animals on them. ''We've already used this room several times."
Fulmer - Columbia County's animal control manager - opened the doors of the facility off Columbia Road in Appling to the public Friday, offering snacks, tours and $10 adoptions.
''When you do things like this, you really don't know what to expect," Fulmer said. ''But the response has really been tremendous."
Animal control employees led visitors through the dog-adoption area, cat area and puppy area before circling back to the new visitation room. The room - and other renovations - was completed over the summer.
Ron Sturgill uses the new pet visiting room to get to know a rat terrier mix.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
''People kept telling them they couldn't believe how clean it was," Fulmer said.
Though the open house wasn't supposed to start until 10 a.m., the first customer was there at 7:30 a.m. to adopt a beagle puppy featured on the editorial page of The Columbia County News Times last week.
By the end of the day, most of the dogs at the shelter had been adopted.
''Several people who wanted dogs that are not yet ready for adoption will return next week to adopt," said Emergency Services Director Pam Tucker.
Some people even brought bags of dog food to donate to the facility.
''That's just icing on the cake," Fulmer said.
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