NEW TAZEWELL (WATE) - It was a big day on Saturday for those working so hard for so long to get an animal shelter up and going in Claiborne County. Saturday was the official opening day for Glenn W. Bowling animal shelter.
"This was built entirely through donations and volunteer labor the community has been great," said Liza Martz.
Martz is the shelter's organizer and board member.
"All of these dogs have been spayed or neutered today," said Martz.
Owners dropped off their dogs and cats as early as 7:30 a.m. seeking the discounted service. But when it comes to homeless animals they will have to wait a little longer before they can stay here.The shelter still needs $150,000 to operate the facility. There is room for 43 homeless dogs and there is also room for cats to be housed but for the time being the spaces sit empty.
"Sitting here unused out there are a bunch of homeless animals," said Martz.
But what they have accomplished so far would not have been possible without the determination and devotion of one man. Martz says that is former Claiborne County commissioner Glenn Bowling. Bowling died in a car accident in March.
"After Glenn died we lost our leader we just decided to keep going for Glenn and I think Glenn's memory will ultimately result in us getting this done no matter what," said Martz.
After Bowling's death donations poured in and the shelter bears his name.
The shelter is turning to the community hoping the generosity will not stop so that the facility will be used for what it was intended for.