April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Paula Pollitt to be honored with shelter opening Thursday

By HSJ Online [email protected]

A grand opening and dedication of the new Paula A. Pollitt Memorial Animal Shelter will be held Thursday, Jan. 12th at 11 a.m.

The new facility is at 1101 Jackson St. and is one of the town of Hope's former well houses.

Pollitt died in June 2015 while serving as president of the Town Council. One of her passions was the training and use of therapy dogs at Columbus Regional Hospital and other facilities. Town officials brought up a plan after her death to build a new set of kennels to shelter animals at the Hope Utilities office yard. Animals picked up around town are currently held for a few days before being turned over to Bartholomew County's Humane Society.

Town Manager J.T. Doane brought a proposal before the council in September to improve the plight of stray animals by turning the former well house on Jackson Street into an animal shelter, named in Pollitt's memory.

The new shelter includes fenced runs for animals and outdoor access through doggie doors.

As an added benefit, the town already owned the building and has been paying utilities and other upkeep on the largely unused building, Doane said.[[In-content Ad]]