The Marshall Wal-Mart was honored Wednesday for their donations to the Marshall Animal Shelter. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Animal Control Officer Kenneth Clayton:

Kenneth Clayton

Press Release from the Marshall Police Department

On September 4, 2013 at 0845 hours, Animal Control Officer Kenneth Clayton will be presenting an award to the Wal-Mart Super Store in Marshall, Missouri thanking them for their continued support of the Marshall Animal Shelter.

Wal-Mart has always been there to help with donating food, toys, collars and other miscellaneous items to assist the shelter workers in providing for all the animals at the shelter.

The Marshall Animal Shelter and Saline County Animal League have come a long way since 1997. The euthanasia rate in 1997 was at a high 85%, since this time we have an 82% percent adoption rate. Part of the success in adoption of dogs is through the Puppies for Parole program through the Missouri Department of Corrections.

“Puppies for Parole” is a unique program made possible through our partnerships with the Missouri Department of Corrections. Selected offenders have the opportunity to become trainers to rescue dogs in the program. Offenders work with the dogs teaching them basic obedience skills and properly socializing the animals, making them more adoptable. Once the dogs have successfully completed the program, they will be adopted through their original shelter. Some of these dogs were specially trained to work with the disabled, special needs children, veterans and mental health patients.

Also contributing to the success rate of the Marshall Animal Shelter is due to the Saline County Animal League for funding vet care and adoption efforts, Missouri Valley College and the work study students, Marshall Home Store and LaCrosse Lumber for building and maintenance supplies, Saline County Vet Service, Blumhorst Vet Service, Marshall Vet Clinic, Private individuals and civic clubs for supplies and food, Gifts received from family members of the deceased in memory of loved ones.