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PAWS Foundation shows promise

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Editorial: Sept. 21, 2011

ISSUE: New animal shelter
OUR VIEW: Foundation offers vision and plan

The future of the Hardin County Animal Shelter is a sunny one, but achieving it will require much work.

When PAWS Shelter Foundation President Deedie Layman describes that group’s plans, the future shelter is a place designed with animal health and easy pet adoption in mind. Every dog and cat will have its own cage while it waits for a permanent home. Adequate space and design will help prevent the spread of disease. It’s a bright, clean facility with windows and artwork. It will include a community room available for rent and carry products for sale, meaning revenue for the shelter.

The foundation is set to close Oct. 3 on the purchase of a 17,000-square-foot building at 220 Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown. Members aim to raise $1 million to transform the building into a modern animal shelter for Hardin County Animal Control.

Animal Control’s current shelter, built in 1956, is too small and outdated and its demands continue to grow.

A new facility will not only improve animal living conditions, but trigger an increase in volunteerism and adoptions, Layman believes. She’s a well-known animal advocate who lives her devotion. For example, she’s dedicated space in her real estate business’ advertising to the adoption of animals at the pound.

Layman and about 20 other active foundation volunteers have not just identified a need but committed to meeting that need. Their vision, leadership and execution of the plan so far should be praised.

The group starts its fundraising Saturday at Pet Palooza. “Mutt Strut,” a two-kilometer walk for pets and their owners, highlights the event at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Also, volunteers of the “Bucket Brigade” will collect donations for the shelter at U.S. 31W and Ring Road and Mulberry Street and Ring Road on Saturday. Some area restaurants are donating a portion of their sales from Friday and Saturday to the cause, too.

And the pending purchase of the facility is a momentum-building step forward.

Such a fundraising goal is a significant one. The PAWS Foundation will need the community’s support — from pet enthusiasts who might enter a contest at Pet Palooza to individuals and businesses that can donate money.

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This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.