Clark County SPCA Director Krissi Hawke announced this week that the City of Springfield has given final approval with building permits to begin the renovations at the shelter on Walter Street. With this approval the next steps are to get the final estimates from the contractors and proceed to start the long awaited work that will lead to opening the doors to the public.

Hawke is excited to be able to finally put those contractors to work and see the shelter doors open later this year for people looking to adopt a new furry friend. Until the work is completed, Hawke is dependent on foster families to help with housing the dogs and cats until Saturday when they can head to PetSmart on Bechtle Avenue.

Despite the fact that the shelter is not officially open, the SPCA continues to help the animals of Clark County to find new homes. In July, 16 dogs were adopted and 28 cats found new homes. During the month the organization also helped three dogs find their way back to their owners. The shelter has also successfully helped a Parvo puppy to recover and find a home. A dog with heartworms was treated and rehomed last month. Hawke wanted to be sure cats got the help they needed too and she has seen some very sad cases come through the doors looking for help. But the good news is that the great folks at Northside Veterinary Clinic keep those who are sick and injured on the road to recovery.

Help is still needed to cover the cost of the medical care for the animals. If you would like to donate directly to the medical fund, you can put any amount on the Northside Vet Clinic account to be used to help the homeless pets. You can reach them at 399-1121 to learn more.

The care of the animals is costly and the SPCA accepts donations of all types. To learn how you can help, check out the Facebook page or call them at 925-6602.

In August the computer simply gave up that the shelter uses for paperwork and reaching the internet to post pets that are either lost of who will be at PetSmart. They also use the computer to register the microchips that every animal adopted has in place.

If you would like to donate a gently used desktop computer with keyboard, monitor and mouse to the SPCA, you can reach out to them at the number above. Remember that the volunteers are not IT folks so it would need to be in good working order.

The generous donations of the community are greatly appreciated by Hawke and the volunteers. With support for the building fund, the food for special needs dogs and other contributions, the community is one step closer to having open doors for animals. Hawke would like everyone to know how grateful she is for the support shown by Clark County since this dream started in February.