Central Missouri Humane Society kicks off summer season early

Friday, March 9, 2012 | 2:49 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA- The Central Missouri Humane Society is kicking off the summer season early this year with extended hours and the second annual Pup Crawl.

Each summer, the society keeps its doors open until 7 p.m. Wednesdays, extending their regular adopting hours of noon to 5 p.m., although they keep normal hours Monday through Saturday. 

"We extend the hours because it gives the community more of an opportunity to see our wonderful animals," said Colin LaVaute, Shelter Relations Coordinator. 

Although the extended hours schedule typically last from late April to late September, the society decided to start them in early March, "because we can," said LaVaute.

In addition to extending the summer hours, the second annual Pup Crawl is set to take place March 22. The Pup Crawl gives access to drink specials at participating bars and includes free access to the North Mississippi All Stars event at the Blue Note

"The participating bars and businesses have been so kind and generous, and we will be receiving nearly 100 percent of the proceeds," LaVaute said.

Passes cost $15 and are available for purchase at the society or at the Blue Note box office. 

"Last year was a trial run, and this year we are really hoping to make it a success and bring it back for a third year," said LaVaute. "We are really excited for it."

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