PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The past weekend brought the first time that the new animal shelter for Paws Animal Rescue was open to the public. Paws volunteers broke ground for the new shelter in northeast Pierre near Walmart last fall and the building is mostly complete. Paws Vice President Lindy Gereats says about 40 cats that used to be housed at the former Miller Studio building downtown were moved to the new shelter a few weeks ago. Dogs will be moved from foster homes to the shelter in coming weeks, once a series of outdoor runs that are part of the building are finished. Gereats says opening the building over the weekend was a great moment for the many people that have worked over the years to care for homeless cats and dogs in Pierre/Fort Pierre.
Gereats says the new building has several great features.
Gereats says for now, the new shelter is open Saturdays from 11-2. Pets can also be seen by appointment and Gereats says they hope to eventually add Thursday evenings to the time the building is open for the public. She says as always, volunteers are needed to help with the day-to-day shelter operations.
The new building is located at the end of Lowell Avenue behind Walmart. For more information on Paws, visit www.pets4adoption.org. This Saturday, Paws will hold a “Honk and Bark” car wash at Young’s Mobil from 10-2. Funds raised will go toward buying litter, food and other supplies for the shelter.
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