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Small shelter big accomplishments: CHS-PAWS in Hayti

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CHS-PAWS of Hayti has been around for a couple of decades, but they weren’t always known by that name. Originally known as Caruthersville Humane Society, they set out on their own after multiple conflicts with the City of Caruthersville, and found their new home one town away in Hayti, Mo.

After receiving a donation of a run-down old building on one of Hayti’s main drags and countless hours and dollars spent remodeling the building, they opened their doors as a no kill shelter in May of 2013. In just a few short months the shelter has adopted out 116 pets into loving homes.

In just six months since they opened their new doors they’ve accomplished so much, not only by saving the lives of animals, but by supporting pet owners in Hayti and surrounding communities.

Since opening in May 2013, the organization has answered over 400 animal neglect complaints. During the summer heat wave they spent countless hours out watering animals all over the county. When winter storms hit they offered dog houses, bedding, and assistance to pets in need. Their “Helping Hands” program helped feed over 600 animals and the spay and neuter program provided certificates for over 150 animals. Additionally, emergency veterinarian care was provided for more than 50 of the area’s pets.

During the summer CHS-PAWS began a new program call “Pawprints”. Targeting the community youth, young teens participated in a number of learning workshops working with animals. Curriculum included animal care, health, and behavior. Kids walked dogs, gave baths, socialized pets, and learned about how to care for pets in general. The shelter hopes to expand on this program in 2014 and intends to announce enrollment and details in the coming weeks.

When recalling the progress the shelter has made in just a few short month, Karol Wilcox, the organization’s president says, “We couldn’t have done it all without public support. We operate solely on private donations with no financial support from the county, state, or municipalities. We didn’t save and support these animals alone. We did it with the financial and moral support of our community, both from individuals and businesses alike. Collaboration with other shelters has been a major benefit as well.”

The organization is grateful for the support they have received in the past months. “We couldn’t have done it without all of you. With everything we have accomplished in just the past few months just think of the great things we can do in 2014,” said Wilcox.

You can visit CHS-PAWS at Hayti, online on their website and Facebook page. Contributions may be made online through their website at You are always welcome to stop by the shelter, Mon. - Fri. visit with the animals, and just say hello.

CHS-PAWS, 204 S. 4th Street, Hayti, Mo. 63851, (573) 359-0113



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