It's a busy time as the Carthage Humane Society celebrates a new beginning after a tough 2017.

It's a busy time as the Carthage Humane Society celebrates a new beginning after a tough 2017.
The Humane Society will celebrate a “grand re-opening” and cut the ribbon on a new kitty room, funded by a donation from Georgia “Gus” Morrell, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13.
Deborah Bell, the new director of the Carthage Humane Society, said the Carthage Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to cut a ribbon on the new room, named “Gussie's Kitty Haven,” at noon.
“Gus Morrell is the grandmother of Carthage music teacher Katie Crigger, and she donated the money for a free-range kitty room a while back,” Bell said. “We're finishing the room now and it will have cat towers, play toys and bird feeders outside the window to entertain the cats.”
She said the room will allow people to get to know a cat or cats before they actually adopt them to see if that cat is a good fit for their family.
She said the money will also allow the Humane Society to buy some new cat cages and replace some that are outdated.
The Humane Society will also hang a plaque next to a mosaic on the wall of the shelter honoring the mosaic’s creator, Dwayne Crigger, and his wife, Judy Crigger.
Dwayne and Judy Crigger died in 2016 of carbon monoxide poisoning in their home in Springfield.
Brian Crigger said it will be bittersweet to see the plaque installed in the Humane SOciety on Saturday.
“I would have loved for them to be able to see it, but it’s a real honor,” Brian Crigger said. “It’s good to know that people will know who made the mosaic when they come to the shelter.”
Bell said two food trucks, El Taco Loco and Honey's Heat, a truck providing gourmet hot cocoa, will be on hand for the event.
The Humane Society will also be selling calendars and a portion of the procedes from the food truck sales will come back to the Humane Society.
Bell said that money is important because the shelter is “bleading money,” to pay the propane bill to keep the animals warm in the recent cold snap.
“We're spending $100 a day on propane,” she said. “It's been a rough month.”