WARTBURG (WATE) - A grassroots movement in Morgan County is underway. As we reported back in December, people there are wanting an animal shelter because they say there's nowhere for strays to go, which is becoming a problem.
On Thursday night, the community came together and brainstormed ideas on how they can make the idea of a shelter, a reality.
Pets are a passion for Sherron Ramsey, "Every time I see a stray I want to pick it up and take it home. Of course if I could I would take them all."
Since she can't, Ramsey wants to start a county-wide animal shelter. On Thursday she asked for ideas at a meeting.
"If we open the shelter it will greatly reduce the amount of stray animals we have," said Ramsey.
Starting at square one means finding a facility, supplies, staffing, even developing a spay and neuter program.
"We continuously have people putting off dogs and cats at our houses," said Sunbright resident Susie Bailey.
Morgan County Animal Coalition is looking to county leaders to help find a solution, but is it something the county can afford?
"Afford is a relative term it's just according to the degree and the level that would be needed, funding that would be needed and what type of shelter that we need. It appears to be a need that we have in the county," said Morgan County Executive Don Edwards.
People at the meeting say it's time to show strays the love that they need. The next step for the group is to meet with commissioners on Tuesday to discuss even more details.
Currently there are no Animal Control Officers in Morgan County, we're told when homeowners call dispatch with problems or concerns, law enforcement is usually sent out to help.