Click to hear KMZU’s Ashley Johnson speak with the Heckart Family Foundation Chairman Sue Heckart:

Sue Heckart

An official ground-breaking ceremony took place October 22nd at 11 a.m. for Sedalia’s new animal shelter, which is being built by the Sue Heckart Family Foundation of Sedalia. The 6,410-square-foot shelter will be located on South New York, just down the road from the city’s brush and limb drop-off area. It promises to be a state-of-the-art facility, a first for Sedalia.  Hank Kronk says a “completion date has not been set, but it might be completed by the end of the year, if weather permits.”

The Foundation chose architect M. Thomas Hall of Chesterfield as the designer. The design of the building will “significantly restrict noise and odors.” The shelter will have a large lobby for the public to see animals available for adoption, in addition to a bonding area prior to taking them home. In addition, the new shelter, being built on land owned by the Heckart Foundation, will have the capability for spaying and neutering, as well as other minor procedures.

Sen. Mike Parson, Sedalia Mayor Stephen J. Galliher, Pettis County Presiding Commissioner John Meehan and Barb Hayden were among the special guest speakers at the event.

“Needless to say, when you take on a project like (this), you don’t do it without people like Sue,” Parson remarked. He added that a facility such as the one being built by the Heckart Family Foundation is an important one for the community. “It’s no easy chore, either. But there’s such a need in the community for the animals.” Sen. Parson added that he is anxious to see the finished product.

“We appreciate everything you’ve done, we couldn’t be more proud of you,” said Mayor Galliher. “This is going to be a great asset to the community.”  Heckart Responds “This isn’t about me, this is about Sedalia.”