ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Etowah County hopes to open its own animal shelter by January fourth.
County officials say it is only a matter of waiting for their licenses to come in the mail before they can start keeping dogs and cats at their location.
Etowah County chose not to renew its contract with the county's humane society several years ago. Instead, the county has taken animals 45 minutes away to another shelter in Calhoun County.
The new facility means Etowah County residents will not have to make the drive to the Calhoun County Animal Shelter if one of their animals is picked up.