HAYTI, MO (KFVS) - The Caruthersville Humane Society, Inc., also called the Pemiscot Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), has passed its state inspection from the Missouri Department of Agriculture and has been licensed as an animal shelter.
The Caruthersville Humane Society relocated to Hayti and will now operate on a more regional basis as Pemiscot Animal Welfare Society.
The shelter relocated after the City of Caruthersville severed ties with the non-profit last year.
The new facility is located at 204 South 4th Street in Hayti.
The new shelter is now open for adoptions. After passing the Department of Agriculture inspection with no non-compliant items, the shelter began operating. The shelter is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
A grand opening is planned for May 4 in conjunction with Hayti's spring event on the square.
The shelter has some cats that remained from Caruthersville and has added some dogs.
The shelter is now a no-kill shelter, which means animals will not be killed to make space.
"Now that we have made the break from the City of Caruthersville, we are able to become no-kill shelter, said Rice. "However, this means when we are at capacity, we will not be able to accept animals until some are adopted or transported to rescues. We will be working closely with rescues and other shelters to move animals as quickly as possible and increase their chances for adoption."
Adoption fees are $50 for dogs and $35 for cats. Each adoption includes a spay/neuter certificate, worming, vaccinations and a rabies shot if the animal is over four months old. There is a $10 fee to drop off animals if they do not have proof of a current rabies vaccination.
As the shelter gets back on its feet, donations are needed to care for the influx of animals. Fosters have cared for rescued animals during the closure and those animals are now being brought in for adoption, which means the shelter will fill up fast.
Donations can be made securely online at the group's website, www.caruthersvillehs.com, or by dropping it off at the shelter. You may mail a check to P.O. Box 525, Hayti, MO 63851.
For more information, call Karol Wilcox at (573) 359-5802. Photos of adoptable animals can be viewed on the group's Facebook page.