New animal shelter plans to be unveiled

New animal shelter plans to be unveiled
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Preliminary plans for a new Obion County animal shelter will be unveiled at a meeting set for 7 p.m. March 26 at the Obion County Public Library.
The group of volunteers trying to establish the new shelter met this past weekend to discuss how to proceed with the project. The Sunday afternoon meeting was the third time the group has met in recent weeks.
Among those at the meeting was Josh Pool of Dresden, who showed up with two vital pieces of information.
Pool operates Native Way Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Weakley County and has been working with the local group for the past few weeks.
On Sunday afternoon, he brought an animal shelter design and a cost estimate to build the animal shelter — $105,000 to $110,000.
Pool’s design includes a 30-foot-by-80-foot main building with two wings and 48 dog kennels. The main building contains offices as well as meeting rooms, treatment rooms, a lobby and a reception area.
For the past few weeks, volunteers have been gathering information and working on the best approach to move forward with the construction and operation of a new animal shelter. It has been a work in progress until now, as organizers are ready to unveil their plans to the public.
Organizers are hoping the March 26 meeting will help identify others who are interested in getting involved in the animal shelter project.
“This is not something we can do by the end of the month,” Sue Archer said. “It’s going to take a long time.”
Mrs. Archer is president of Pudge-N-Pals and has been directly involved in the animal shelter project since it was first started a few weeks ago.
The project is still in the infancy stage, but organizers are prepared to set things in motion with the March 26 meeting.
Among the items the group has yet to resolve are a location for the shelter, funding, a board of directors and articles of incorporation. There have been some generous offers to help with funding and the group has also been offered help getting incorporated.
For now though, the project remains a dream for the dedicated group of volunteers, who are fighting to get a county animal shelter started.
For more information about the movement to start a new countywide animal shelter, call Patti Moyers at 885-1584.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 3.8.12

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