The location was formerly a tobacco store but has been empty for some time since that business closed. Local rescuers have been working with SOS to get the location in shape to use it as a shelter for stray animals. Because the building is older and has been empty, parts of the building are in need of major repair and construction. The floors are in need of the most work, from repairing holes and reinforcing weak spots to pulling up carpet.
Local rescuers have been cleaning and organizing the shelter to try and get it ready, but an emergency situation a week ago meant they had to take in a group of cats immediately, stretching their resources and sending them scrambling to ready the location.
They are now asking for help from the community, from help with repairing and preparing the building for animals, to construction supplies and supplies for the animals (cat food, litter, etc.).
The plan is for the shelter to eventually house cats and dogs, but those involved hope that they will be able to get the building in better shape prior to taking in more animals. They are not currently accepting drop offs or calls to pick up stray or assist with rescue efforts.
The City of Sumiton has supported the efforts of the rescue and pledged to do what they can to help, because they recognize the problems strays cause in the community.
“We’ll look at it and see what we can do,” Mayor Petey Ellis said at the last city council meeting.
Currently the main resource for housing strays is the county animal shelter, which is overloaded and understaffed.
Anyone interested in helping or donating supplies should contact Johnnie Crowell at 205-260-7764.