MORAVIA — The Moravia City Council is the latest to offer support to a group attempting to construct an animal shelter for Appanoose County.

After a brief presentation on Tuesday, the Moravia City Council voted to send $250 to the group and pledged another $250 for the next fiscal year. Additionally, the invited the group to be part of their budgeting process, set to begin in January for the fiscal year 2020-21 budget, where additional sustainable funding is possible.

The Furever Friends Animal Rescue group has been visiting several area city councils, requesting and in some cases receiving a financial commitment. The group has an agreement in place to occupy what was formerly the Thomas Funeral Home on South 18th Street in Centerville, but said they need commitments from local individuals and businesses, as well as government bodies, to secure financing.

They are seeking a total commitment from the community of $5,000 per month in pledges in order to show sustainability to secure necessary financing. The former Thomas Funeral Home facility is about 3,900 square feet. They intend to house around 45-50 dog kennels in addition to a cat room.

A recent animal hoarding case in Centerville brought about two dozen dogs to their care, and all surrounding shelters in other communities are full.

Once they are established, the organization intends to offer services such as pet daycare and boarding, while also renting some space out of their building, to stay sustainable.

Details on how to donate or pledge support can be found on their Facebook page at or their website

The Moravia City Council also continued to discuss cemetery rules, regarding decorations of graves.

Decorations, which are becoming more numerous, cause issues with the city's maintenance. By verbal consensus after a discussion, the council opted to instruct city staff to leave in place the various decorations — such as shepherd's hooks, solar lights, etc. — and do the best they can in mowing and trimming around the objects. City council members stated those with the decorations should maintain the grave sites themselves.

It was described as a month trial period, to see if it is workable. The council has been debating whether or not to prohibit decorations that interfere with maintaining the cemetery.

Kyle Ocker can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-856-6336. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_Ocker.



Kyle Ocker is the editor of the Daily Iowegian. Prior to becoming editor, Ocker was a correspondent, sports editor and associate editor at the Daily Iowegian, and was the managing editor of the Knoxville Journal-Express.