The Barbara Williams Training Center offers basic obedience classes through the instruction of professional dog trainer Tristan Jolivette. Classes are $89 for seven sessions.
Jolivette will offer a demonstration at an open house, scheduled for noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the new center. The first class will follow the celebration and will start at 2 p.m. Future classes will meet six Saturdays thereafter from 2 until 3 p.m.
The new center is named for the late Barbara Williams, former chief executive officer and Haven of the Ozarks' Board of Director's president. Williams died on Oct. 23, 2010, following a year-long battle with leukemia.
"Her love, dedication and loyalty to Haven's animals was shown in her willingness to spend the countless hours to care for them," said Mike Steffen, director at the Haven. "She worked six, and sometimes seven, days a week, through holidays and in all kinds of weather to help these stray, abandoned and abused animals. She took no financial compensation for her position."
The shelter has recently added an outdoor room for the cats in residence and is re-fitting a building that will house an office and cat rooms. Work on the dog pens and shelter continues.
Additional information on obedience classes may be obtained by contacting training coordinators Cheri Cowherd at 417-695-2435 or Karen Foster at 417-858-0033. Discounts will be given to those who adopt pets through Haven of the Ozarks.
The shelter is located west of Cassville on Farm Road 2190 in Washburn. Volunteers and donations are welcome.