GAIN now fully functional; holds soft reopening

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Volunteers not only repaired the kennels but also cut the property's grass.

Guam Animals In Need (GAIN) is now completely functional, with the helping hands of village mayors, just in time for their soft opening.

For about a year and a half, the last row of kennels in the quarantine area of the GAIN shelter has been rundown but with community support, it’s now functional.

Yigo, Dededo, Tamuning, Mongmong-Toto-Maite, Yona, Agat, Merizo, Santa Rita, Asan-Maina, Barrigada, Inarajan, Agana Heights, Piti, and Mangilao — 14 of 19 village mayors’ offices contributed to repairing the kennels and future GAIN projects. Guam Home Center and Home Depot also contributed.

Volunteers not only repaired the kennels but also cut the property’s grass.

According to GAIN Executive Director Alison Hadley, the shelter’s improvements were worth several thousand dollars.

Hadley tells PNC, it’s nice to see the community give back to the GAIN organization.

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“A lot of the stuff that we’ve been hoping to fix is now getting fixed, so it feels nice to have a shorter to-do list,” she said.

Hadley also says that as the island made its way to PCOR 2, the shelter launched its soft opening earlier this week.

“Following DPHSS guidelines, we did our soft opening this week. Essentially our schedule is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. We are accepting public animal drop-offs but they must be called in and scheduled from 9 am to noon,” Hadley said.

She added: “We are also closed from 12 to 1:30 pm for sanitization and then 1:30 to 4:30 pm is scheduled for adoptions and visitations. So closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, but we can accept emergencies at any time. They just need to call it in. When after 5 pm or when the days we are closed, they can call 988-1615.”

Hadley said once they feel everything is solid they plan to reopen all shelter operations.

If you would like to foster, adopt or make a donation, head to guamanimals.org

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