Baldwin County re-purposes old jail for animal shelter

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – In a bright-blue building off Orchard Hill Road stands a couple of even brighter animal-loving volunteers.

The Baldwin County Animal Shelter is moving after volunteers say it’s small and inefficient. The shelter is moving to an old empty jail.

Commissioners approved a $220,000 project last week to repurpose the old jail for the shelter.

Baldwin County’s existing animal shelter functions and meets state regulations, but the building is outdated.

What goes into repurposing  

Baldwin County Animal Shelter volunteer Pam Peacock says the current facility is hard to clean and maintain.

“It’s a very labor-intensive process. With concrete floors, you have to clean using a lot of bleach and chemicals. You also have to make sure it sits the proper amount of time before the animals come back,” she said.

Peacock says the building has a poor ventilation system.

“If confined to that space all the time, it really takes a toll on the animals,” she said.

Across the yard stands a vacant jail. What once was a place for Baldwin County inmates will now be a space for animals.

County Manager Carlos Tobar says re-purposing the jail will provide more space for volunteers and animals. 

“Having the space to let them out and get exercise and interact with volunteers and socialize that really helps,” Peacock said.

Baldwin County inmates are helping with remodeling and cleaning as well.

The project will be finished by October 31st.

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