society begins building project
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
A lot of excitement has been generated lately at the Ripley County
Humane Society with the beginning of a building project. The 48'
x 80' building will expand the present facility to more effectively
allow those working with the agency to carry out their goal of
making sure animals are properly cared for.
The building is just the latest effort the Ripley County Humane
Society has launched to better serve the needs of the county.
The not for profit 501(c)3 no kill shelter continues to upgrade
and enhance the present facility located at 1202 West County Road
150 N. in Osgood.
According to DeDee Holliday, board president, the new endeavor
is sort of her pet project and shes excited
about what it will allow the group to do. We will have so
much more space! she exclaimed. Another huge benefit for
the animals is they will be in a climate controlled atmosphere.
Another thing exciting to Holliday is a one-time gift from the
county of $60,000. This will really help towards getting
this building up and running, she told The Versailles Republican.
I want to thank the commissioners and council members for
their help with this, she noted.
The facility operates on donations alone. It has a couple of endowment
funds, has received grant monies, and the generosity of the general
public keeps them afloat. We couldnt do it without
everyones help, noted Holliday, who said no donation
is too small.
Funds are still needed to complete the building that is being
constructed by Comer Buildings Inc. of Osgood. The pole barn type
structure will have no frills, but bare necessities needed. It
will include inside and outside runs and will have 24 kennels.
Plans are in the making to use one room in the new building for
spay/neuter clinics. The present building that includes Kitty
City, is still vital to the humane society. It will house the
office area and will be used for puppies and birthing mothers.
If you cant give monetarily, the facility can still use
your help. They are always looking for volunteers to walk the
dogs, people to help at the shelter, help with transporting animals
and much more. The foster program is where people take an animal
home and work with it getting it ready for adoption.
Supplies are always needed such as bedding, which can be old sheets,
blankets, towels, etc., paper towels, kitty litter, dog and cat
food (canned only), stuffed toys, and bleach.
People have responded to the needs of the shelter and as Holliday
noted, We are very grateful. You just dont know what
some people give. We have the best people right here in Ripley
County. New board member and public relations spokesperson
for the facility, Duane Drockelman, agreed with Holliday. Drockelman,
who has recently moved to his family farm near Sunman, noted that
after living other places, he could see immediately the great
group of people at the Ripley County Humane Society. He also can
see the heart of the community when it comes to animal care and
is grateful for their response.
Hours of operation for the humane society are Wednesday through
Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with Christie White as the
manager. You can reach the office at 812-689-3773, access the
website at rchumane.org or go to the shelter located just off
US 421 at 1202 W. CR 150N, between Osgood and Versailles.
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Workers from Comer Buildings Inc., Osgood, were busy
getting the new building up at the Ripley County Humane
Society. While they enjoyed the good weather on Tuesday
of this week, it was back to the rain on Wednesday as they
continued to work. The building is 48' x 80' and will allow
the shelter more room to expand various operations.