Last Tuesday marked the final day of open hours at the old Helping Strays animal shelter in Red Bud.

“We were able to find thousands of pets their forever homes out of this gem,” Helping Strays posted in a message on Facebook.

After that, the organization’s employees, volunteers and animals began moving into its new home at 4221 Hanover Road near Columbia. Helping Strays President Paula Hutchinson told the Republic-Times that the move was officially completed.

“(The dogs) are loving the play yard,” she said. “Everything is going really well.”

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