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Antietam Humane Society looks ahead on eve of 40th anniversary

September 04, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Trevor Kaiser walks American bulldog Angus, who is available for adoption, in front of the Antietam Humane Society in Waynesboro, Pa., on Tuesday. Antietam Humane Society is celebrating its 40th year.
By Jennifer Fitch / Reporter

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Antietam Humane Society is celebrating its past while keeping an eye on the shelter’s future.

The local humane society was incorporated on Sept. 27, 1973, to fight animal abuse and provide homes to unwanted pets. It is marking its 40th anniversary as plans are developed for shelter expansion.

“It’s a wonderful service to the community and the animals. It helps them find homes they might not otherwise,” said Angela Grove Weagly, a board member.

Antietam Humane Society didn’t build a shelter until 1979, six years after it was incorporated. It was able to construct a facility on land donated by Florence Lyons through a trust, according to Andrea Haugh, executive director.

Another major donation — about $1 million from the estate of Donald Nary in 2011 — is now allowing for expansion of the facility on Lyons Road. Haugh said a separate adoption center will be built starting in 2014 so that animals coming in and going out are separated, allowing the new ones to be evaluated and treated medically.

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“They’ll be transferred to the new adoption center, where they’ll be placed up for adoption,” Haugh said.

An architect and civil engineer are finalizing land development plans before the shelter seeks municipal approval, she said.

Antietam Humane Society is hosting a public event Saturday, Sept. 28, at Otterbein Community Recreation Park on Welty Road. It will include a dog walk, ice cream and baked goods sales, furniture offered in a silent auction, a flying disc contest for dogs, and other refreshments.

“It’s basically a little festival to celebrate our birthday,” Haugh said.

Grove Weagly served as the board’s vice president at the shelter’s inception. Over the years, she saw the organization suffer from financial hardships at points.

“It’s a wonderful, wonderful cause, and I’m glad it continued,” said Grove Weagly, who returned to the board three years ago after some time off.

Grove Weagly adopted a collie mix from the shelter in 2004 and said he has brought her much joy.

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