Shelter receives top distinction

bbashioum@demo-mo.comOctober 19, 2013 

The Harrisonville Animal Shelter has a new feather to tote in its hat.

The city’s animal control service recently received the “Outstanding Animal Welfare Agency” award by the Missouri Animal Control Association.

Animal Control Chief Kristi Osborn accepted the award Oct. 2 at the organization’s annual conference.

“It’s for going above and beyond for the welfare of animals and the public,” Osborn said.

The award, given annually to one agency in Missouri, recognizes the top animal shelter that is improving the quality of life for companion animals, exceeding industry standards through the implementation of new programs, increasing adoptions, establishing spay and neuter programs, and increasing their public outreach.

This is the first time Harrisonville has received the honor.

“We like to be proactive and try to educate the public and keep problems from arising,” Osborn said.

“We work with the public to try to educate them before we have to take other means.”

Osborn said she believes the Harrisonville shelter was recognized for a number a reasons, including maintaining a clean facility, high pet adoption rate, and the ability to network with other area shelters, all while trying to keep the city free of roaming animals and strays.

“We have been recognized by our peers for the excellent job that we’re doing,” she added.

The Harrisonville shelter also has recently began a program to help keep animals from being dumped on the streets.

At the most recent Harrisonville Board of Aldermen meeting, city leaders passed an ordinance requiring all stray or found animals to receive a microchip to assist with identifying each animal and allowing for a quick return to its owner.

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