NORTH FORSYTH – As summer approaches one group wants the dogs at the new Forsyth County Animal Shelter to get some sun.
At their most recent meeting, the Forsyth County Animal Control and Shelter Advisory Committee approved moving forward with a project that could build up to eight dog runs for animals at the facility.
“What we would do is come in and propose to extend the sidewalk, and then off the sidewalk we would [have] up to eight different dog runs,” said Deputy County Manager Tim Merritt. “We understand that the kind of artificial turf-used for this purpose comes in 15-foot wide rolls, so a run would be anywhere from 15 to 37 feet long.
“That of course would be for short-legged puppies, then the longer runs would be up to 98 feet long.”
The runs would allow the dogs an opportunity to socialize and get some exercise and would be split into different runs for different sized animals.
“There would be four short and four longer runs,” Merritt said. “They would have fence enclosures around each one so that you could turn one or two or several dogs loose in there. They could get exercise, run up and down the fence, play with each other, etc. for an hour or two a day, then they could come in and we could rotate other dogs out there.”
The project is planning to use a kind of artificial turf specially made for animals, and is longer, more heat resistant and easier to clean than the turf used on county sports fields.
“We’ve done a little research on this,” said John McGruder, committee member and veterinarian. “What we’re looking at is areas that have an artificial turf that can be used day to day without being destroyed or having to be replanted.”
The project would still need to be approved by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, but is only planned to be funded around 25 percent by the county with the rest coming from the group Friends of Forsyth County Animal Shelter. The entire project could reach up to between $90,000 and $100,000.