(This is story is being printed with permission of the Daily Corinthian and staff writer Jebb Johnston.)
The Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter is working toward establishing a foundation to raise $1 million for the construction of a new shelter facility.
The current building on Proper Street is said to predate the Civil War.
“The roof is in terrible condition. The foundation is starting to go,” Director Charlotte Doehner told the Corinth Board of Aldermen Tuesday evening. “We need to get out of that building.”
The organization is currently seeking a suitable location of 3 to 5 acres.
The foundation, which will hold all donations, grants and endowments, will have a separate board of directors from that of the shelter.
A number of fundraisers are anticipated in the fall to help reach the first hurdle of raising $100,000.
“We will be able to then go to various foundations throughout the country and present our packages to them,” said Doehner.
The shelter is interested in a modern building that can be an asset for the community.
“Shelters today aren’t pole barns and sheds,” she said. “They are family activities facilities with beautiful colors, beautiful building, great design … a place to bring the kids to play. It’s much different than the way it’s been.”
Doehner presented an overview of the past year’s activities and the budget. The shelter has a contract for services with the City of Corinth in the amount of $75,000 and is not requesting a change to that amount in the the city’s fiscal 2018 budget. She encouraged the board to consider an allocation to support the new ACSpay program for low-cost spaying of dogs.
The shelter is seeking no change in funding from Alcorn County and Farmington, currently at $25,000 and $3,000, respectively.
During the calendar year of 2016, the shelter, which continues a no-kill policy, took in 1,186 animals and cared for 1,442 over the 12 months. Adoptions numbered 665 and those sent to rescue numbered 293. The shelter euthanized 52 animals, and 148 died at the shelter — mostly cats as the result of an illness outbreak.
Animals spayed or neutered at the shelter numbered 723.
Intakes from the City of Corinth numbered 367; Alcorn County, 725; and Farmington, 94.
The average cost per animal in 2016 was $109.51.
To offset rising costs, the shelter implemented an intake fee of $15 in February.
It is the shelter’s policy that intakes from police, animal control, firemen, supervisors and district workers are given priority and are always accepted. Animals in distress are given priority. Intakes from individuals are accepted according to availability.