The Pawprints Rescue Center, which will not take dropped off dogs or cats, will focus on rehabilitating, socializing, and placing injured, abused, and needy dogs and cats.
This will be a non-euthanasia facility mainly focused on placing the animals that they treat into new homes, either locally or out-of-state.
“We want people to understand that there’s a difference between us and the (Cleveland–Bolivar County) animal shelter,” said Sherry Norquist. “We’re not here to compete with the animal shelter. We’re not here to take away from what they do. We are here to rescue and rehabilitate.”
The Pawprints Rescue Center, which is planned to open in July, will be open in the evenings two to three days a week and all day on Saturdays in order to allow those with daytime jobs to be able to have access to the animals.
The building that will house the BCHS Pawprints Rescue Center was donated by Dr. Andrea Marble of the Animal Medical Clinic and will be run strictly on volunteer work, donations and grants that they hope to receive.
Jimmy McClellan, of ADT Security, also donated part of his lot to the Pawprints Rescue Center so the outside play area for the dogs could be expanded.
To help raise funds, the Pawprints Rescue Center will hold a garage sale of donated items in the parking lot on Saturday, which will start at around 6:30a.m.
Pawprints Rescue Center will also accept dog and cat food donations, as well as monetary donations to help feed the animals and fund the rescue center.
To make a monetary, food, or garage sale donation, or if interested in volunteer work at Pawprints Rescue Center, contact Norquist at (662) 719-8119.