After closing down for about six months, Franklin County Animal Rescue will reopen this week.

The rescue closed for financial reasons. Interim Executive Director Kelly Frederick explains fundraising and donations made over the summer made it possible to become operational again.

“We got $5,000 from the Vermont Community Foundation and $5,000 from Ben and Jerry’s Foundation Community Action Team, and we have had a lot of private donations. We’ve gotten a lot of support from the community over the summer,” said Frederick.

The support has been able to fund needed upgrades and renovations.

“This building was actually designed to house dogs, so half of the building in the back is being renovated into cat condos to accommodate the growing cat population,” said Frederick.

Without utilizing an extra building, Frederick says there will be less space overall.

“We won’t be doing the low-cost spay neuter program anymore and our cat adoption center was supposed to go into that building,” said Frederick.

However, the new cat condos will be able to house two to three times as many cats as the rescue had before.

Even though the building was closed for six months, people still surrendered animals.

Frederick explained how a pregnant cat was left on the rescue’s doorstep while no one was there; it gave birth to a litter of kittens who will be available for adoption on Thursday.

“We were only having people here just a couple of hours a day, so they could have been outside in any sort of weather not really knowing what’s happening to them until someone comes in,” said Frederick.

To prevent situations like that from continuing, the rescue will have a new policy.

“We’ll still take walk-ins on an emergency case-by-case basis, but in order to contain the population that we have and to better manage the animals that we have and their health, we are going to have people call to schedule surrenders. We’ll be going about things a little bit differently to make sure that we don’t run into the trouble that we ran into before to make sure that the animals are really happy and healthy and hopefully finding them new homes,” said Frederick.

The rescue is opening in phases.

Right now, it’s only accepting cats, but Frederick says dogs will be accepted in early November.

There are also new hours of operations; 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday.

FCAR will also host an Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.