Capital Area Animal Welfare Society is celebrating the end of a year of renovations with an open house and ribbon-cutting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24.

The organization, also known as CAAWS, is at 6357 Quinn Drive.

“We are thrilled to finally have the public visit our new shelter and see all of the hard work we have put into it in the last year,” President Glenda Parks said. “It was truly a labor of love. It’s something we have been wanting to do for quite some time. Even though half of us on the board were putting our houses back together after the flood, we still wanted to go ahead with renovating the shelter. Looking back, it was stressful but so worth it for our cats, dogs and volunteers.”

Tours of the facility will be given throughout the day so visitors may see the new amenities, including a freshly painted cat and dog room, lounging shelves for cats, new dog runs with animal art, a dog washing station, a larger area for adopters to play with dogs, new dog yard fencing, a new storage shed and more parking spaces.

Parks will give a short speech at the ribbon-cutting in front of the shelter at noon.

The celebration also includes Easter Bunny photos with children and pets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a table with information on the shelter, refreshments, vendors and more. Dog and cat adoptions will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, email communications chairwoman Libby Haydel at