Before he became manager at the Berkeley Animal Center earlier this year, Deedee Cumbee was puzzled at the sad faces of pups and kittens he’d see featured in animal adoption commercials on his television.
“The dogs and cats got these sad looks on their faces and I always wondered…‘how did they make them cats do that?’” Cumbee said.
Experience at the county-owned shelter showed him this was not an act.
“These cats and dogs come in here so stressed…they look like that when they come in here,” Cumbee said. “Our job is to help them out and treat them better and get them in homes. I think that’s an awesome job.”
The shelter was previously run by Doc Williams SPCA before the county took it over in February. On Friday and Saturday, the facility held a ribbon cutting and grand re-opening, showing off a few renovations and a “kitty city” that hosts about 60 cats waiting for a permanent home.
Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler joined shelter staff and residents for music, hot dogs and hamburgers, a dunk tank and jump castle. Cumbee said about six cats and dogs found new homes at the official opening.
“They’re going to have a good life now,” Cumbee said.
Cumbee is grateful for a committed staff. He is hopeful that the cats and canines will touch the hearts of residents considering animal adoption. One particular pup, a pitbull lab mix named Booger, has been at the shelter since March. He can be adopted for a $5 adoption fee.
“We’ve just had him so long, we want to get him in a home,” Cumbee said.