A Huber Heights resident, Kriebel applied for jobs with animal shelters in Miami and Montgomery counties.
She was a veterinary assistant for some three years and an animal control officer for about a year in Washington before going to work at the prison. “My love for animals started out when I was in 4-H,” Kriebel said.
The Miami County shelter position opened with the retirement of Marcia Doncaster in August.
Kriebel works with a staff of six at the local shelter that has 10 cages to accommodate cats and 28 kennels for dogs.
Among her first tasks is updating the color scheme at the shelter, making it brighter. She’s also exploring painting the cat room and turning it into more of a socialization area with cubbies and tree-like structures for the cats to climb versus cages. That project could possibly be one for volunteers, Kriebel said.
She also hopes to explore with local schools and art programs the possibility of painting murals in the visiting room where people spend time with dogs they are considering adopting. An empty hallway also is being considered for a maternity room for dogs and puppies to provide a safe, quieter space.
“The staff is so full of ideas. I welcome anything they have to say. We throw it around and see if it can happen,” Kriebel said.
She’s also looking at using more resources to help get cats and dogs adopted. She has met with rescue and foster groups and is working to update policies. “I visit a lot of other shelters seeing what their have and how they use fosters and rescues,” she said.
More information on the shelter including its wish list for donations and volunteer opportunities is available at www.co.miami.oh.us/shelter
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