Robertson: Connections between pet, owners important

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Katelyn Robertson is director of the Tri-County Animal Shelter in Tyner.


By Anna Goodwin McCarthy

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Tri-County Animal Shelter Director Katelyn Robertson believes it’s important for new shelter animals to form connections with those who care for them.

That’s why when a dog named Max recently turned up at the shelter, Robertson got down on the floor beside him with her computer, helping him adjust to his new surroundings. 

“I truly am an animal person,” Robertson explains. “I have a connection with them.”

Robertson said she often works with animals who arrive at the shelter, helping them become accustomed to their new environment.

“We do our best to take care of them,” she said.

Robertson has been director of Tri-County Animal Shelter since May 2018. Before taking her current job, she worked as a veterinary technician at Chowan Animal Hospital for five years.

She’s always been interested in the care of others. Before switching over to work with animals, she worked as a certified nursing assistant.

A Chowan County native, Robertson said she grew up around animals. She always had dogs as pets, and currently has three dogs and a cat.

Robertson said the best part of her job is seeing the number of animal adoptions increase.

“Saving as many lives as possible is the best part of my job,” she said.

Robertson said the shelter currently has more dogs than cats available for adoption. However, she expects the number of cats at the shelter to increase because, she said, it will soon be “kitten season.”

The adoption fee for dogs is $95 and $70 for cats. The fee includes the cost of having the animal spayed or neutered, 30 days of pet insurance and having a microchip implanted. It also includes the cost of heartworm testing, deworming medicine, vaccinations, flea and tick prevention and testing for feline leukemia and immunodeficiency virus.

Before adopting Robertson recommends people visit the shelter with their children, family members and other pets that share their home. She says it’s important for would-be pet owners to have a connection with the animal before they decide to adopt.

Play yards are available at the shelter for people to spend time with their prospective pets, Robertson said.

“Most are instant connections,” she said.

Robertson said the shelter needs volunteers to help walk dogs and socialize cats. For those looking to make donations, the shelter is always in need  of dog treats, dog and cat food and pine pellets for cat litter.

Tri-County Animal Shelter serves Chowan, Gates and Perquimans counties at its location in Tyner. The shelter is open Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about the Tri-County Animal Shelter visit the shelter’s Facebook page or call 221-8514.