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Escambia County Animal Shelter unveils new Surgery Center

ESCAMBIA COUNTY   --  The Escambia County Animal Shelter is unveiling it's new surgery center.
The wing is 1300 square feet and cost 350,000 dollars.

Escambia Animal Shelter Manager Delfi Messinger is excited to show and share a surgical suite where the shelter vet can control and monitor the wing from her operating room.

(("We have windows, pass through windows as well so there's instant communication.  You can see where everyone is we don't have a lot of staff so it's a way to keep track of people very easily."))
   
Also new -- waiting and recovery rooms... Now separate ones for cats and dogs.
Another first -- an isolation room for the sickest animals.

(("From the minute the vet moved in, we started using it, very, very useful.  We always have at least one animal in here."))

Vet Tech Gayle Sanders she loves the new digs.
(("Lots of windows, I don't feel like I'm in the dark all the time compared to the old unit."))
   
To appreciate the new  Messinger shows us the old.
Three windowless, cinder block rooms.   That she's quick to point out, staff used for years -- positively.

(("No one complained or commented...... just made this work."))
One room will be used for evaluations.   A quiet, isolated area for trainers and dogs to work together.
   
In here -- they'll also take website  pictures. 
They notice a major spike in adoptions when pets are featured with strong photos.
   
A bath and good grooming also go far this room will now be used for clips and dips.
   
Finally -- a dedicated puppy room.
Here -- they're dewormed and vet checked before going up for adoption.

Messinger says the repurposed areas and the new wing are already helping with efficiency and adoption rates.

She's grateful and only asks for one more thing from animal owners.
(("Consider their pet broken and fix it."))

If you already have a pet -- and need to get it "fixed", you may qualify for the shelter's low-cost spay neuter program.
For more info call 850-595-3075.
                               
They also have new volunteer orientation every Saturday morning at 10 o'clock.