Animal Shelter Grand Opening
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of effort by countless volunteers and contributors came together with
the opening of the new Collinsville Animal Shelter north of town Jan.
26th. The shelter has been named in honor of the late Dr. Lincoln Ward
and Father Bill Wiseman. The shelter will be operated by the City of Collinsville
with assistance by FOCAS.
Collinsville Facility Now Housing Strays At 156th St. North and 129th E. Ave
Lincoln Ward's widow Ruth and his 3 sons (twins Colton & Conner &
Cooper) attended the dedication of the new Ward-Wiseman Animal Shelter in
Collinsville Saturday Jan. 26th. Dr. Bob McCraw, one
of Dr. Ward's partners at Eastside Veterinary Hospital, also spoke briefly
saying Dr. Ward would have been proud of the honor and the facility for Collinsville's
less fortunate animals. Dr. Ward died July 15, 2006 in a vehicle accident.
Wiseman, son of the late Father Bill Wiseman who died in an airplane crash Oct.
17, 2007, spoke to the crowd gathered for the grand opening of the new animal
new building and each of the rooms received a blessing Saturday.
members of the Friends of the Collinsville Animal Shelter were recognized by
Mayor Stan Sallee. A partial list of name is on the FOCAS
of the first day shelter residents looking for a new owner.
Babbitt told me later Saturday evening that 2 puppies had been adopted on the
1st day the shelter. I don't know if these were the lucky pups. -- Ted
and refreshments were served by Girl Scouts Saturday.
didn't get there early enough Saturday for the harp music. -- Ted
The stated goal of this new facility is to be "no-kill" facility.
That will only be possible if the entire community supports the effort
by spaying and neutering the pets they have and adopting new pets soon
after they arrive at the shelter.
Also, the community
owes a big thanks to Dr. Susan Babbitt for her persistance in turning
the idea of a new shelter into a reality. There are many others that
are owed thanks also, but Susan has kept the "train on the track".
I am reminded of Mrs. Holman's efforts to help bring a hospital to Collinsville
in the early 1960s. For those of you that say "what hospital?",
be reminded that opening day is just one of many milestones to keep
the shelter running smoothly and for a long time. -- Ted Wright -- Jan.