Animal Welfare Alliance
of Southeast Missouri
News and Events
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
New Site; Same Good Fun
AWA to “Howl” at Nov. 2 Benefit
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (10/15/2012) --- The Animal Welfare Alliance (AWA) will hold its 4th Annual “Howling at the Moon” party on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Westwood Center in Poplar Bluff. The event -- sponsored by Coffman & Company, Your CPA -- will start at 6 p.m. and last until 10:30 p.m.
“We’re excited about moving to the Westwood Center. It’s a beautiful location with plenty of parking,” said Julie Hudson, an AWA board member who is chairing this year’s event. “Everything else will be the same as before: a full meal catered by Maya’s; great live music by the Thin Blue Line band; free drinks; dancing; a silent auction -- all for just $30 per person. It’s the best party in town,” she said.
Gold sponsor of the event is The Dermatology Office (Dr. Lance Yeoman); silver sponsor is Ripley County Veterinary Services (Dr. Eugene Fox) in Fairdealing.
AWA recently purchased a site just north of Poplar Bluff on which to build a no-kill animal shelter. Money raised by “Howling at the Moon” will go toward that project as well as existing AWA programs, including distemper and parvovirus shots for puppies in Poplar Bluff’s city animal shelter and financial aid to help low-income pet owners get their dogs and cats spayed or neutered.
Tickets for “Howling at the Moon” are $30 each, available at Key Drugs, the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce, Doggy Designs, Dille’s Discount Pharmacy or from any member of the AWA Board of Directors.
The Animal Welfare Alliance of Southeast Missouri is registered with state and federal authorities as a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. tax code. Donations are tax deductible.
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.
AWA, formed in the fall of 2008, is registered with state and federal authorities as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donations to it are tax deductible. Anyone wishing to volunteer their services or obtain more information can visit the group’s website, www.awasemo.org or call (573) 857-2660.
Several Animal Welfare Alliance board members gathered in front of the property recently purchased by the organization. From left to right are Carol Lewis, Charlotte Craig, Nancy Abernathy, Zdena Hudson, Julita Michel, Donna Stott, Joyanne Cunningham, Carla Letassy, Steve Whitworth and Julie Hudson. Unable to be present were Dr. Dorothy Munch, Grace Blaich, Mary Ann Rathe, Karen Coleman, Bo Jeffers and Tim Suter.
Various interior views of the property at present.
The Animal Welfare Alliance of Southeast Missouri is NOT affiliated with the organization calling itself the Butler County No-Kill Shelter (also known as The Other Side of the Fence) located northeast of Poplar Bluff, MO.
Take An Abandoned Animal
Please remember, adopting a pet is a long-term commitment. You will need to provide food, shelter, yearly vaccinations and one-time neutering or spaying. (Financial assistance for neutering or spaying available for those who qualify.)
Into Your Heart and Home
Take Westwood Boulevard (Bus. Rte. 67) south to Blackwell-Baldwin Ford. Go west on Butler Street, as if going to the service department of the dealership; keep going to the end of the street. For more information, call the Poplar Bluff Animal Shelter at (573) 686-8635. See the Adoption Page for more information.
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