(L-R) Wayne Melton, Jerry and Cynthia Winegard, Brent Police Chief Terry Nichols, Emily Bowman, and Bibb Chamber of Commerce Director Valerie Cook stand for the ribbon cutting. (Regrets on kids names)

Although already partially operational for almost a month, Tabernacle Farm Pet Boarding and Farm Animal Rescue held their official ribbon cutting grand opening Friday morning June 7th, as several residents and the Brent Police Chief came out to show their support for the new business in town. Owners Jerry and Cynthia Winegard welcomed everyone and gave a tour of the facility.

The primary business of the farm will be boarding dogs in their newly built kennels. There are seven large kennels which may house one or two dogs each (from the same household), and smaller crate kennels as well. Large kennels are $25/day for one dog or $40/day for two. The smaller crates are $15/day. Tabernacle keeps Purina food on hand, but they said most tenants bring their own food, which is fine. “We keep good food, but sometimes a sudden dietary change can be bad for a dog,” Jerry Winegard said.

The price of the larger kennels comes with dog luxury, as each unit has its own doggy door to its own outside area, fenced off from neighboring pooches. The kennel building also is climate controlled for a

Air conditioned (or heated) kennels can house the largest breeds, and each has it’s own doggy door to its own outside area.

comfortable stay, and has a security camera inside so they dogs can be monitored from elsewhere on the property. Your furry kid can even listen to music to relax during their stay. There is also an additional large outside play area. The couple plans to add an area to board cats as well, in the future.

After touring the kennels, which Jerry built himself, guests were invited to see more of the 22 acres, including their many goats, miniature horses, and donkeys. All around, Tabernacle Farm is a friendly and pleasant environment with clean, well tended facilities, and owner/operators as nice as you could hope to meet.

One farm resident, a Jerusalem Donkey named Mary is “with child” and expected to give birth possibly in December.

Hours of availability – for dropping off and picking up pets – are 8am – 6pm Monday through Saturday, and 1pm – 6pm on Sunday. “Sometimes you have emergencies and have to go out of town,” Cynthia explained of their Sunday hours, “One of us is almost always here, and if we have a boarder there will definitely be one of us here at all times.” You can book a stay for your fuzzy friend by calling Tabernacle Farm at 205-358-2785, or by going online to book at tabernaclefarm.com

You can also follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TabernacleFarm


SOURCEThe Bibb Voice
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A father, creative professional, and an alumnus of Bibb County High School, Jeremy has found his way back to Centreville after many years away. He studied Finance and Economics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and almost a decade ago left the "normal" business world for audio and video production. A freelance writer, photographer, sound engineer, and film and video producer/director/editor, his work has appeared online for Southern Living, People, Health, Food & Wine, Sports Illustrated, Cooking Light, It's a Southern Thing, and This Is Alabama, as well as for independent musicians and filmmakers across Alabama.


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