The Wilmington Area Humane Society is planning a public grand opening for its newly constructed shelter. Located north of Wilmington on U.S. 68, the new shelter will be across the road from the current one.
The grand opening will be 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16 at WAHS’ new home at 5312 US 68 North, Wilmington. There will be tours as well as food and drinks. Several pet-friendly groups will be there including Pup Pies, Day Six Animal Massage, Brass Burrow, Best Breed Pet Food, Aaron’s and Youngs’ Essential Oils.
The new shelter is a larger facility, which will allow WAHS to continue its commitment to helping unwanted cats and dogs in our area. It will house cats and dogs which have been checked by a veterinarian, vaccinated and spayed or neutered before adoption (unless they are too young), ensuring that they will not add to the homeless pet crisis.
As a no-kill facility, the residents will remain in care until they find a forever home — however long it will take.
The Roberts family of R & L Carriers made a generous monetary donation for the construction of the shelter; the WAHS through fundraisers and generous donations from members of the community have furnished the building and erected necessary fencing.
WAHS would greatly appreciate further monetary donations for much-needed items. Donation plaques with names of individuals, families or companies that would like to donate will be placed in the new building for those donating $500 or more. As the WAHS is a 501(c)(3) corporation and donations are tax-deductible. Donations can be made online through www.adoptapet.com/wahs/donate/ or by mail to P.O. Box 968, Wilmington, OH 45177; please indicate that it is for the new shelter.
Currently, WAHS is holding a shoe collection drive to help with unexpected medical expenses for the pets that they take in. They are hoping community members will donate gently worn, used or new pairs of shoes. The organization has entered into a partnership with a nonprofit that pays for used shoes, then redistributes them to partners around the world.
The drive runs through Nov. 1 and shoes may be dropped off this Sunday at the WAHS grand opening or during business hours at Aaron’s, Cool J’s Salon, D&G’s Paws and Claws Snack Shack, General Denver Hotel, Clinton-Massie Branch of the Wilmington Public Library, Wilmington Public Library and the Wilmington News Journal.
WAHS is an all-volunteer run non-profit whose mission is to promote the welfare of dogs and cats in Clinton County, provide programs to the residents of the area and to nurture and strengthen the human/animal bond.
To learn more about WAHS and its programs or to volunteer, please visit www.adoptapet.com/wahs, call the toll-free pager at 1-877-802-1633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.