Shelter improvements still strong

The Heartland Pet Connection, located along Highway 6,
opened its doors in October of 2004.
Then: On Aug. 11, 2001, a group of 11 Hastings women gathered at the home of Judy Hoch intent on improving the living conditions of the city's lost or homeless pets.

Hoch, Penny Pratt and their compatriots wanted more for the animals and organized the Hastings Animal Shelter Association a month. Hoch and Pratt helped start the Wonderful Animals — Great Space (WAGS) campaign to raise money for a new building and purchasing supplies for lost or homeless pets.

Now: The Hastings Animal Shelter Association has taken over animal sheltering services for the city under the name of Heartland Pet Connection.

Through the WAGS program, Hoch and other community volunteers raised more than $200,000 to build a 5,000 square-foot facility at 1807 W. J St.

To read more, see Friday's Hastings Tribune or the Tribune e-edition.>>>

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