Carthage Humane Society showcases new annex building for medical needs and intake at open house

The improvements to the shelter are bringing in curious members of the public and upping adoptions to an average of 15 pets per week.
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CARTHAGE, Mo. – MSSU student, Haley Crane was impressed to see the recent improvements to the Carthage Humane Society.

“I knew that they needed a lot of help and that they’ve been doing a lot of renovations, so I think that it looks really good so far.”

After a year of construction, the shelter has built a multipurpose annex building for medical needs and intake, along with an isolation area for dogs and cats.

“I think that’s great especially because a lot of animals do come in sick so they can get the help they need before adopted” added Crane.

The new addition to the facility was thanks to a more than $65,000 grant from the Steadley Foundation last year.

“It’s been exciting and at the same time it’s been really rewarding to watch this building come along. It’s been a solid year of working on it and getting things right and getting quality in the kennel” said Treasurer of the Carthage Humane Society, Teresa Smith.

Smith says the shelter has desperately needed additional space. She says up until recently, it has been  at full capacity.

“We didn’t have enough room, there’s times when we’re maxed out to the fullest, so we needed additional space for what we’re bringing in.”

The improvements to the shelter are bringing in curious members of the public and upping adoptions to an average of 15 pets per week.

“People have come, they’ve seen our new facility and seen what we’ve done and they fell in love with their little furry baby and it’s been excellent” added Smith.

And the board is not stopping here, they hope to purchase a recently vacant mobile home behind the shelter to turn it into a hospital.

“Our holding to get them spayed and neutered, to get them out to the public is running slow, so we would like to make that a hospital and maybe even reach out to the public for lower costs in spayed and neutering” added Smith.

The Humane Society will be applying for another grant to help purchase the vacant home, as well as holding fundraisers with MSSU and PetSmart soon.

The shelter is a full nonprofit organization and relies solely on donations.

Heartland has recently donated a pallet a month of dog food to the shelter.