Work Under Way at Animal Shelter Site

The first step is under way to transform East Highway 17 property into a home for the Animal Shelter of Texas County. Formed about a year ago, the volunteer organization continues to raise funds for a permanent structure designed by one of the nation’s leading animal shelter designers.

Excavation work is under way on the 20-acre tract acquired earlier along Highway 17. An office building is completed. Plans call for extensive dirt work to raise the elevation before a 750 square foot building that will serve temporary quarters is constructed.

An architectural firm, Shelter Planners of America, earlier completed a needs assessment that estimates the local group could handle as many as 1,000 to 1,250 animals annually. The company estimated a 7,000 square foot building is needed to serve the county.

The local group has applied to the Missouri Department of Economic Development under a program that gives state tax credits to donors, is seeking private, tax-deductible donations and most recently traveled to New Jersey to meet with an organization that plans to privately fund similar projects next year. The organization also is seeking e-mail addresses of supporters to keep them updated on projects. They can be sent to or dropped to the organization’s mailing address.

Until the funds are raised, the Animal of Shelter of Texas County will occupy the small building that will have space for both dogs and cats and will be licensed by the state.

Persons wanting to assist can contact the organization at P.O. Box 278, Houston, phone 417-967-0700 or check its Web site at

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