After years of waiting, the new Boonville Animal Shelter is only months away from reality. Animal Control Officers Pam Paxton and Becky Keeran had the honor of breaking ground for the new animal shelter. Among those on hand to witness the ceremony were Mayor Ned Beach, and council members Susan Meadows and Whitney Venable. Donors and representatives from animal rescue shelters also showed up to show moral support.

Marcey Caldwell was credited with getting the fundraising off and running. Two years ago, Caldwell went on the radio and asked anyone who was interested in building a new animal shelter to meet at A Baker Floral to discuss.

“About 20 people showed up,” she said. “Businesses all over town started doing fundraisers.”

In October 2016, the City of Boonville said they’d authorize $200,000 if the citizens could come up with $50,000, and they were able to do this.

Several locations were considered and rejected for various reasons until finally a property exchange with Huebert Fiberboard Inc. provided the best location for the new shelter.

Outside contractors will be used for the masonry and HVAC, but the rest of the work will be done by city employees.

The project should be completed by September, according to Boonville’s building inspector Steve Hage.