Director of Animal Control Jonathan Meziere welcomed a crowd of community members to the Natchitoches Animal Shelter on July 17 for a dedication ceremony of the new feline facility. The facility was made possible by many gracious donations, the hard work and vision of the Natchitoches Humane Society and its President Juanita Murphy, and the many hours of construction made possible by the Natchitoches Office of Community Development.
“It’s taken a huge amount of teamwork to make this happen,” said Murphy.
The facility itself was dedicated to Bobbye Lee, a former Director of the Natchitoches Animal Control and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Professor at Northwestern State University, Dr. Brenda Woodard.
NHS Volunteer and NSU student Barbara Vercher-Smith made a special announcement after the dedication. She entered her foster pup Chevy in a nationwide competition for a $1,000 grant from the Animal Rescue Site and GreaterGood.org. Chevy was one of the winners in the Animal Shelter Challenge’s “My Goofy Pet Contest.” The NHS was the recipient of a $1,000 grant thanks to Barbara’s efforts.