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Elementary students donate items to Hayti animal shelter

First graders at Ross Elementary School held a drive to donate to an animal shelter in Hayti. (Source: CHS-PAWS) First graders at Ross Elementary School held a drive to donate to an animal shelter in Hayti. (Source: CHS-PAWS)
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Students at Ross Elementary School in Wardell made Thanksgiving a little brighter for the animals housed at CHS-PAWS in Hayti. They held a drive to collect items and food for the shelter.

The president of CHS-Paws, Karol Wilcox, said they were overwhelmed by the students’ generosity.

“This was such a great project.” Wilcox said. “These students did a wonderful job of [gathering] much needed items for the shelter.” 

The first graders also wrote cards to the animals and staff. Those cards are on display at the shelter.

According to Wilcox, the shelter holds between 50-70 animals at any given time. Many of them stay for long periods as they are nurtured through medical issues. 

In addition, the shelter runs a “Helping Hands” program. CHS-PAWS works with people that may be in a temporary financial bind to keep their pets. They often provide food or emergency vetting, and work with owners to make the animal more comfortable and cared for.

Wilcox says that winter is the toughest time of year for the shelter.

“Finances are tight and more and more animals are dumped or in need. We certainly appreciate all of the support and help and these students gave us,” Wilcox said.

CHS-PAWS is a no-kill animal shelter that serves the region. To find out more you can find them on Facebook or at their website www.pcaws.org. The shelter is located at 204 S. 4th in Hayti, MO and you can contact them at (573) 359-0113. 

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