FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2015
Contact: Susan Norton
Director of Communications & Marketing
Fayetteville Animal Shelter Renamed in Honor of Lib Horn
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — After the recent passing of the retired former Fayetteville Animal Services director, the shelter will be renamed in her honor. The public is invited to attend and celebrate the name’s unveiling Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the shelter, which will be renamed the Lib Horn Animal Shelter of Fayetteville.
Lib Horn served as the director of the Fayetteville Animal Shelter from 1987 to 2001 and oversaw the transition of ownership of the shelter from the Humane Society of the Ozarks to the City of Fayetteville. As the director, Lib opened the shelter clinic and hired the City’s first staff veterinarian. She also had an important role in promoting and expanding the low cost spay and neuter program for Fayetteville residents. The practices and procedures that were developed under her leadership became a model for animal shelters nationwide.
After leaving the City, Lib continued to advocate for the protection of animals in the area and was the driving force behind the creation of the Lester C. Howick Animal Shelter of Washington County. After Hurricane Katrina, Lib led an entirely volunteer shelter for animals that had been rescued from New Orleans and every animal taken in was returned to its original owner or adopted by a new owner.
Today, the City still reaps the benefits of Lib’s more than three decades of public service; therefore, City administration deems it appropriate to rename the animal shelter in her honor. The shelter is located at 1640 S. Armstrong Avenue.