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Shelter dedicates new dog recreation park

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Domino took a break from his exercise romp Saturday for a playful scratch from shelter employee Tyler Maybaugh, who helped build the new dog recreation park at the Clay County Humane Society. For more information on how to adopt Domino or any of the other animals, make a monetary donation or volunteer your time to help at the no-kill facility, contact Sorrels at 446-5126. Ivy Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
Dogs love to run and play, every day.

"There's just not enough volunteer walkers here at the shelter to make sure all the dogs get the exercise they need," Clay County Humane Society Shelter Director Mike Sorrels told The Brazil Times during the dedication ceremony for the new dog recreation park Saturday. "We really needed this facility."

The new dog recreation park is spacious enough to allow several dogs to get necessary exercise every day. Volunteers and shelter employees worked for approximately two weeks to complete the fenced in doggy playground.

"This way, we can let around five dogs at a time get a few hours of exercise with only one person to watch over them," Sorrels said.

Sorrels said the shelter was grateful for the work being done by a group of Northview High School students belonging to the Students and Pets Outdoors Together (SPOTS) group (a part of the Brazil Rotary Interact Club) to raise money to support the project. But the necessity pushed the project to be completed sooner than expected.

"The dogs really needed this," he said. "I'm proud of (SPOTS) efforts and any donations they continue to collect will be used to maintain this project. But, if there's enough, we would be happy to build another one. I'm sure the dogs would love being able to run and play more than once a day."

The new facility was dedicated to two animal lovers and faithful supporters of the shelter, Rosemary Campbell (20 years of service) and Bill Bell (10 years of service).

"This exercise facility has been built on the site of the original," Campbell said to the crowd, and then reminded them at how much former shelter director Bill Collins looked forward to expanding the facility to help more animals. "Bill lived long enough to see the new building and he was so happy. I'm sure he's smiling down on us today."

To make donations to the Northview High School Interact Club SPOTS group, mail check to Interact Club, c/o Miranda Goodale at Northview High School, 3150 W. State Road 340, Brazil, Ind. 47834. Put SPOTS in the memo section of the check.

There's now room for doggy exercise at the Clay County Humane Society. The new dog recreation park was dedicated to two faithful supporters, Rosemary Campbell (20 years of service) and Bill Bell (10 years of service) Saturday. Attending the event were (left) At-large board member Jeff Short. Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown, CCHS Board Vice-President Sandy Anderson, Campbell, Bell, Shelter Director Mike Sorrels, CCHS Board President Anita Hightshoe and CCHS members Jane Douglas and Pam Fugate. Ivy Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
For more information on how to support the Clay County Humane Society, a no-kill facility, contact Sorrels at 446-5126.

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I go to the shelter about once a week and the change that has taken place this year is amazing. I feel the shelter is being taken care of and that my tax dollars are being well spent. My only question is Mr. Sorrels are you working on a plan to serve the City of Brazil? I know I would donate more if you served me in the City of Brazil. And the other statement I have is I hope the City of Brazil notices all the good that has been done at CCHS this year. I as a city resident would rather see us spend money at a clean friendly place than the junk yard on south 59. That place just looks bad. I hope CCHS figures out a way to take the City Contract.

-- Posted by ProudofCCHS on Wed, Apr 14, 2010, at 11:23 PM

AWWWWWWWW Sticks and stones AWWWWWWWWWW Written just like a member of the CCHS to once again try to make them selves look better.

-- Posted by oknow on Thu, Apr 15, 2010, at 9:43 AM

Ok, we have two people missing in that photograph.

Where are the Mayor & the Police Chief? They never miss a photo op.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Apr 15, 2010, at 10:53 AM

oknow I am not a member of CCHS but would have to agree with ProudofCCHS on how much improvement CCHS has done over the last year. My dog just passed away a month ago so I went back to the CCHS to adopt another dog. I found the place to be in remarkably better conditions then when I adopted my first pet from there. I am not familiar with the place on 59 that ProudofCCHS referred to, so I will refrain from commenting on that.

-- Posted by TonyB on Thu, Apr 15, 2010, at 1:40 PM

I have heard they have made many changes and if so great. But the past speaks for it self and people on here are always talking about things they know nothing about and it just makes me laugh. If they changed great but no one has the right to throw the first stone when all they have to do is look in their own back yard, Is all i am saying.

-- Posted by oknow on Thu, Apr 15, 2010, at 3:00 PM

I don't know the owners of "that other place", but from what I saw & the things I continue to hear, I wouldn't take a stuffed animal there!

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, Apr 15, 2010, at 11:11 PM

th1953 how do you see anything when it not there for the public to go anytime they want and is guarded by dog and camera and has NO trespassing signs up so are you saying you went there anyways and went on to the property without being asked.Hummmmmmmm

-- Posted by oknow on Fri, Apr 16, 2010, at 7:50 PM

You all are way of topic here. The important thing is the dedication that Bill Bell and Rosemary Campbell have given to the shelter, AND that the dogs (who are in a kennel/cage a lot) have a nice place to play outside and stretch. I challege each of you to go volunteer one hour at the shelter and THEN you will be humbled. Humbled enough to avoid the nasty negative comments on here. As I said, this area was dedicated to wonderful people who have volunteered often to drive a hot van for many miles to take dogs to areas that have spay and neuter laws and are glad to get dogs as pets. I think the real joy was the dedication and opening of the play area. And, no, I am not on the Board (for those critical folks out there), nor did I attend the ceremony (due to my work schedule). Just letting you know because that will be the next posted comment, no doubt!

-- Posted by abbccc on Sat, Apr 17, 2010, at 7:51 PM

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