The newly-constructed Sedalia Animal Shelter, located 2420 S. New York, is expected to open for business around the first week of August.

A transfer ceremony for the 7,423-square-foot facility, hosted by Sue Heckart, was held July 5 to symbolically transfer ownership of the shelter from the Heckart Family Foundation to the City of Sedalia, which operates the current shelter at 2900 W. Main.

The new shelter took about two years to complete and will house up to 94 dogs and 160 cats.  It also has an ample parking lot in front with security lighting.

The Heckart Family Foundation funded the project for the most part, along with a sizeable $50,000 donation from local businesswoman Barbara Hayden and several smaller contributions.

The new shelter also has a "visitation room" where prospective new owners can get to know their future family members.

The Sedalia Animal Shelter employs one full-time Animal Shelter Attendant, one part-time Animal Shelter Attendant, two Animal Control Officers and the director.

Andrea Martin is the shelter's director. For more information, call the shelter at 826-5816 or visit their Facebook page. The current shelter is open 11-5 Monday through Saturday.

Randy Kirby