The now Rescue and Adoption Center of the Clay County Humane Society celebrated its 50th year of existence Saturday afternoon with an open house for residents to see the changes to the facility.
"We have expanded the parking lot, along with putting up new tarps, chain-link fencing and have painted the indoor kennels," Humane Society Board Vice-President Loretta Snedeker said. "Everyone worked really hard and everything looks very nice."
Director Matt Moss also announced this year's Holiday Adoption Drive during the celebration.
"Through Dec. 31, the price to adopt any animal we have will be $50," Moss said. "The price includes the adoption itself, as well as the spay/neutering of the animal, all vaccinations, a bag of Hill's Science Diet pet food and a free vet visit to Dr. Royer's office."
The option of microchipping an adopted pet is not included as part of the special adoption fee, but Moss said it is available at a discounted cost of $10, and is available for both cats and dogs.
"We also still have our weekly spay/neuter clinic every Friday for those who want to bring their pets in," Moss said.
The cost for the clinic, which also includes a rabies shot, is $61 for dogs and $56 for cats.
The hours the Rescue and Adoption Center is open has also changed.
The center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 12 noon-5 p.m., except for Thursday when the center is open until 7 p.m.
"We are open longer on Thursdays to give those who get off work at 5 p.m. a chance to still come in," Moss said.
New shirts can be purchased in support of the center are also available at a cost of $18 for T-shirts and $22 for sweats.
Board President Todd Pierce said the changes done around the center could not have been possible without the help of numerous sponsors.
"Our biggest sponsors have been French Funeral Home, St. Vincent Clay Hospital, Riddell National Bank, Knust Excavating, National Printing Converters, Sherwin-Williams, Sam's Hardware and Clover Signs," Pierce said. "They all helped out greatly either financially or by providing materials for us."
Pierce also said the effort of the center's volunteers has also been greatly appreciated.
"This all couldn't be done without the great volunteer work of Bill Bell, Juanita Knoy, Rosemary Campbell and so many others," Pierce said. "The list of volunteers is endless."
Brazil Mayor Ann Bradshaw was also on hand at the 50th anniversary celebration, which featured horse and pony rides provided by the Spirit of Freedom Horse Farm.
For more information about the Rescue and Adoption Center programs, call 812-446-5126.