Caruthersville Humane Society starts compassion animal program

Caruthersville Humane Society starts compassion animal program
(Source: KAIT-TV)

HAYTI, MO (KAIT) - The Caruthersville Humane Society no-kill shelter in Hayti, Mo. has launched a new program called "Compassion Animals."

The program is initially geared to help homebound, chronically ill, elderly and people who live alone with little social interaction.  The dogs and cats will be screened by experienced animal handlers for placement in the program and the program will allow people who can't normally afford to adopt an animal receive a companion.

"We are including dogs and cats of good temperament," group president Karol Wilcox said, "We have three animal handlers and Licensed Clinical Therapist consulting with us."  Wilcox says they hope to hand out flyers to home health agencies and other agencies that help homebound persons in the area for referrals.

"We have started small and already have placed a few animals," she said, "We hope this program will help us place more animals, and in turn give us the opportunity to take in and help more animals."

The shelter operates on donations only and will be seeking grant funding for the program after the first of the year.  Wilcox says this is not the only program that the shelter has provided but funds for this year are rapidly depleting.

"We have a low-cost spay and neuter program for area residents that has been depleted for this year but has helped over 200 animals and our Helping Hands program has touched over 750, Wilcox said,  " Both programs work to keep animals in the home to help prevent them from being surrendered or dumped and allow the family to enjoy the companionship of their animals."

"We have always practiced an 'open hearts-open minds" adoption practice here," Wilcox said, "We believe that sometimes when we are not as judgmental, we can make a good fit for the animal and the person.  We truly believe that matching compassion animals with individuals who are lonely or in need will be a win-win for the shelter and the animals."

The shelter is accepting sponsorships for the program.  Sponsors will be placed on the brochures and on wall plaques in the shelter. Silver, gold and platinum sponsorship is available.  Other donors will also be recognized for any amount.

Donations can be mailed to the shelter at P.O. Box 525, Hayti, MO 63851, or made securely on PayPal at  For more information on the program or how to donate you can contact the shelter at (573) 359-0113.  All donations are tax deductible.

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