The P.A.W.S. of Dearborn County Humane
Center, formerly Lawrenceburg Motorsports,
will begin housing Dearborn County's stray
animals at the end of the month.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – In just a few short weeks, Dearborn County’s stray animals will have a new place to wag their tails.
The People for Animal Welfare Society of Dearborn County, or P.A.W.S. announced Friday they will hold an open house at their new humane center on Charles A. Liddle Drive in Lawrenceburg on Wednesday, October 12. The event will run from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Animals will be transferred from the current county owned and operated shelter on County Farm Road in Manchester at the end of September.
Any new animals won’t have to be turned away due to space issues, P.A.W.S. volunteers said.
“Words cannot describe the joy and gratitude we fell knowing that the P.A.W.S. of Dearborn County Human Center is a state-of-the-art facility offering a second chance for Dearborn County’s homeless animals,” an announcement from the non-profit group released Friday stated.
In June, P.A.W.S. entered into a three year contract with Dearborn County to house strays caught by Dearborn County Animal Control officers at the new shelter for $10,000 a month. The officers will be based at the new shelter as well.
The center will have two full-time and five part-time employees initially. The part-timers will be made up of current or past Dearborn County Animal Shelter employees. A certified veterinary technician will also work with the animals housed there.
It’s been a long road to the new center. In 2004, P.A.W.S. announced it would seek to build a new shelter. First, the organization’s volunteers had to raise $1.8 million to donate to Dearborn County for construction costs of a new shelter to replace the 20-year-old, dilapidated facility on County Farm Road.
With the help of an $800,000 grant from the City of Lawrenceburg, the goal was reached in 2009. However, Dearborn County Commissioners then had concerns about ongoing operating costs associated with a new shelter. Costs of construction ballooned to $2.1 million because of prevailing wage adjustments.
Luckily, the former Lawrenceburg Motorsports building became available. After renovations, it is now ready to house animals.
“It took the effort, generosity and enthusiasm of an entire community to make it happen, and we thank each and every one of you who believed in us and our dream,” the organization said.
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.
Anybody interested in volunteering at the humane center can learn more at www.pawsofdearborncounty.org.