Paws Breaks Ground for New Shelter

Paws Groundbreaking October 2, 2012


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Tuesday brought a special day for Paws Animal Rescue, its volunteers and many others-as a groundbreaking was held for the organization’s new animal shelter in northeast Pierre. The group-which was known for several years as the Pierre/Fort Humane Society-is building a structure that will be the temporary home for dogs and cats-while they wait for adoption. Right now, cats are kept in the old Miller Studio building in downtown Pierre and dogs are kept by foster owners around the area until permanent homes are found for them. Kathy Hammond, who is President of Paws Animal Rescue, says so many people have worked hard on acquiring a new home for Paws for several years. Footings have already been placed at the construction site, and Hammond says it’s a visual sign of the start for the new building.

Julia and Scott Jones have been major financial contributors to the new building. Julia Jones is a Paws member and says she adopted her first animals from the organization years ago.

Hammond says Paws has already had several generous donors toward the project– including the late Wally Halverson.

Jones says she is so pleased to see forward progress on the new building and says fundraising continues with the goal to pay off the building in the next few years.

Hammond says people that would like to volunteer their time in putting up the building can do so by contacting the contractor. She says additional volunteers will also be needed to help with operations once the new facility is open

To find out more about the new shelter, to see pets for adoption and get other information on Paws, visit their website at

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