Thompson said she feels the new animal center will be an asset for the community.
"I think it's going to dramatically improve things," Thompson said, adding those who lose their pets will no longer have to go up to Starke County to look for them.
It will provide room for more strays than she is able to accommodate, she continued.
"My building was set up as a boarding center, not a shelter," she said. "It will definitely improve the quality of life for stray animals and hopefully diminish the population of feral and stray animals."
The Pulaski Animal Center, which was funded with a start-up fund through the Pulaski County Community Foundation, will be having a "great crafts sale" April 26 at its new location. All sales will go toward continuing to fund the shelter.
Those interested in donating to the center can do so by accessing pulaskionline.org, clicking "Community Foundation" at the top of the page and clicking "Donate." Contributors are asked to enter "Pulaski County Animal Shelter" in the memo line of their donation. Checks with the center's name written in the memo line can also be mailed to the foundation at 127 E. Pearl St., Winamac IN 46996.
Those interested in keeping up with developments at the Pulaski Animal Center can do so by liking its Facebook page.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him: @PharosMAK