Clark County SPCA pet shelter now open to public

Jan 29, 2018
  • By Parker Perry
  • Staff Writer

The Clark County SPCA is open to the public for business.

Krissi Hawke, the director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the dog and cat shelter at 21 Walter St. is a product of hard work and a dream to help Clark County’s four-legged friends.

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“My family was behind my dream and they were here scrubbing walls and painting,” she said. “Volunteers, we have some wonderful volunteers and they help us with all of our events and they help us with this building.”

The original idea for the SPCA was to help Clark County after the Humane Society Serving Clark County closed, Hawke said.

“Our intention when we first opened was to provide the county with an animal cruelty investigator and I am that for Clark County,” Hawke said. “And it was to provide education to the public.”

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Now that the Humane Society has closed, the SPCA will handle more adoptions, Hawke said.

“Animal placement went through the roof because we had to try to help the dog warden the best we could,” she said.

The SPCA is open Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. It also holds offsite events on Saturday, Hawke said, and often can be found at PetSmart on Bechtle Avenue on Saturdays.

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Though the SPCA can take in surrendered dogs and cats, Hawke said, residents must go through a process before turning over their animal.

“They need to go by appointment, they have to be put on a waiting list in order to bring any animal into us,” Hawke said. “It goes by weight and cage space because we need to keep cage space available for the dog wardens.”

For more information, call 937-925-6602.