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Shelter ends first 50 years

Thursday, June 28, 2007

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Clay County Humane Society Director Matt Moss locked the doors and ended the first 50 years of taking care of unwanted animals in Clay County Wednesday evening.
While cleaning the attic, Clay County Humane Society Director Matt Moss dusted off a box filled with a surprise. Inside were pictures, newspaper clippings and the initial corporation documents from 50 years ago.

"It was fun to go through and read all the papers, including the old complaint letters," Moss said. "There were scrapbooks filled with great pictures from the early days of the shelter."

Another great find among the documents was the initial papers filed to form the corporation status for the society.

"We found out our birthday," Clay County Humane Society President Bill Bell said. "We became a corporation on June 28, 1957. When we open our doors Thursday it will be the beginning of our next 50 years of service to the community."

Both Moss and Bell found it equally interesting and curious to read the Mission Statement developed by the original 14-member board of directors, that said the society would operate for "the prevention of cruelty to children, other dependent persons and animals."

The current Mission Statement, which is more detailed towards the care of animals, reads: "To prevent cruelty to animals. To induce others by education and suggestion to treat animals in a kind and humane manner. To aid in the prosecution of those who violate the laws of the state. To operate and maintain an animal shelter in accordance with the foregoing purpose."

The society, which has been a vital part of the community over the years, has made it a priority to maintain and update the facility so as to take care of the ever-growing population of unwanted animals.

"The one thing over the years, which I regret, is that we still haven't been able to educate people on how to be humane to their animals," Bell said.

Moss immediately agreed with Bell, saying, "It's all about education. To control the animal population we have to educate people how to properly take care of their pets. It is a goal of the shelter, a goal for the next 50 years."



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