(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Friday marks a new beginning for stray animals in Dearborn County.
The new Dearborn County P.A.W.S. Humane Center in Lawrenceburg opens its doors to the public at noon as the new home for strays. During this week, workers have been transferring the dogs and cats from the former Dearborn County Animal Shelter on County Farm Road in Manchester.
"We can handle a lot more animals than the old facility. The dogs here won't have to live outside during the winter time," Robbin Pelfrey, president of P.A.W.S., told Eagle 99.3.
The center run by the non-profit group is located on Charles A. Liddle Drive in Lawrenceburg, near the Ivy Tech Community College Industrial Drive campus.
Dearborn County Animal Control has offices at the new shelter. Stray animals will be caught and taken there to either be claimed by their owners or be adopted by a new family.
Pelfrey said P.A.W.S. will continue to raise funds to help pay operating costs at the new shelter. Dearborn County has agreed to a three year contract paying the organization $10,000 month to help with the costs of caring for and feeding the animals.
The center’s open hours will be Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 7:00 p.m.; and closed Wednesdays.
Volunteer hours will be Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
An open house at the new Dearborn County PAWS Humane Center will be held Wednesday, October 12 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.