Get Involved . . . Help AWA get its own shelter up and running! We need volunteers to work on numerous projects that help abandoned dogs and cats in Southeast Missouri.
If you are interested, download a release form and mail to:
Animal Welfare Alliance
of SE Missouri
PO Box 647, Poplar Bluff, MO 63902
You will be contacted to schedule training.
Art for Animals
- Art show / silent auction
- To benefit the Animal Welfare Alliance
- Free opening reception: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2013
- Free closing reception: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013
At Artfully Framed
(In the Bluff Estates Shopping Center)
There's no charge to attend. Enjoy wine, hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks and great fun as you bid on original 5-x-7 oil paintings by area artists. Paintings remain on display at Artfully Framed for two weeks between receptions. Track the bidding on the Artfully Framed Facebook page. Auction proceeds go to the Animal Welfare Alliance
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (Sept. 26, 2012) – The Animal Welfare Alliance (AWA) announced today that it has bought a parcel of land on which to build a “no-kill” animal shelter to serve Butler, Ripley, Carter and Wayne Counties and other nearby areas. Slightly more than an acre, the land is a short distance outside the Poplar Bluff city limits on the north side of town. It contains a long-abandoned building that will be torn down and then redesigned and rebuilt as a shelter using the approximately 6,000 square feet of existing concrete floor as a starting point.
“We are elated about this big step toward our goal,” said AWA president Charlotte W. Craig, of Fairdealing. “We are going to need a lot of help getting this property in shape, but I know our volunteers and the business folks in this area will do the best they can for us.”
Craig said it probably will take a couple of years or more to complete construction of a shelter and get it licensed by the state. AWA soon will launch a capital campaign and begin applying for grants to accumulate enough money for construction and for initial operations. The group’s annual fall fund raiser, “Howling at the Moon,” will be held Nov. 2, with details to be announced soon.
“We are entering a very exciting time for AWA. Now that we actually have a future home, we can already feel an increase in our momentum forward,” said Craig.
AWA watchers may remember a 2010 announcement that Poplar Bluff construction contractor Jay Githens had leased a quarter of an acre on the south side of town to the organization for a dollar a year. “That was so generous of Jay Githens. However, a couple of problems cropped up later -- neither of which were his fault -- and we had to back out of that deal,” said Craig. “So we had to start over with our land search. But the ultimate result is a site that will be perfect for us.”
While it works toward completion of its shelter, AWA will continue buying vaccines for puppies in the city pound and helping to get as many cats and dogs as possible adopted from that facility. AWA also provides vouchers to help low-income pet owners spay or neuter their dogs and cats. The organization spends up to $650 a month on those projects in addition to setting aside money for shelter construction.
There are two ways to help the animals!
or send a check or money order to:
Animal Welfare Alliance of SE Missouri
PO Box 647, Poplar Bluff, MO 63902
Animal Welfare Alliance of SE Missouri is a Missouri Non-Profit Corporation.
Donations are Tax Deductible under section
501 (c) (3) of the IRS code