For those who spend their time at the Corinth-Alcorn Animal Shelter building on Proper Street, the move to the new location can’t come soon enough.

“It’s getting pretty dangerous,” Shelter Director Charlotte Doehner told the Alcorn County Board of Supervisors on Monday.

The February winter storms were rough on the building, with a roof collapse costing the shelter some kennels. No animals were harmed.

They hope to get into the new home – a former Mississippi Department of Corrections facility on Norman Road where renovations have been in progress under the city’s direction – in the next couple of months, but Doehner said there are still some facility needs to be addressed.

But “the building is going to look really good,” said Doehner.

The new facility will be called the Doris Baker Animal Resource Center.

Presenting a report on the past year, she said the pandemic had at least one positive effect for the shelter.

“Believe it or not, Covid was a great time for animal adoptions and rescues,” she said. “We were moving approximately 35 to 60 animals every month during that time period – either going to a rescue or being adopted locally.”

That has slowed down dramatically, however, as activities began to return to normal.

The shelter had 282 intakes from January to June this year, along with 25 adoptions, 174 sent to rescues and 13 (all dogs) euthanized. The 2020 statistics were 716 intakes, 79 adoptions, 535 sent to rescues, 23 dogs and one cat euthanized and six (all cats) released.

The board authorized the release of $6,000 allocated for ACSpay. The program currently has 103 applications in hand for the program.

In 2020, the program spayed or neutered 171 cats and 160 dogs. From January to June this year, it spayed or neutered 76 cats and 169 dogs.

In other business before the supervisors this week:

n Northeast Regional Library Director Dee Hare made an appeal to the board to restore funding of $4,625 that was cut from the county’s funding of the regional system in the new budget year which began Oct. 1. She said the local cut puts the NERL in violation of “maintenance of effort” and may lead to cuts in state and federal funding.

“The money we receive from our county funders is about 35 percent of what it takes to run our libraries,” said Hare.

Board President Lowell Hinton said there had been questions about the library’s closure during the pandemic.

The library began curbside service in May 2020 and reopened to inside visits in May of this year.

The board took the request under advisement.

n The board voted to appoint Andy Butler and Mary Katherine Jones to the open seats on the tourism board, and the city has concurred on those appointments to joint seats.

n Supervisors reappointed Jane Summer and Penn Majors to the Crossroads Arena Board of Directors and Hank Barrett and Danny Joe Turner to The Alliance Board of Directors. A couple of appointments to The Alliance board are pending.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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