Two employees at the New Nodaway Humane Society have completed training and testing requirements to become certified animal control officers.
The addition of Marissa Gerber and Leisa Judd brings the city's total number of certified officers to three, the other being Jelyna Price, who recently earned some distinction herself.
Price was named Volunteer of the Year by the Maryville Treatment Center for her participation in the "Puppies for Parole" program.
Price works with inmates to train dogs from the shelter. Over the past few years, the program has proven beneficial for both inmates and animals.
Gerber and Judd travelled to Columbia for the two-day training course, known as the Animal Control Humane Investigation Test.
The purpose of the training is to teach candidates the proper way to safely handle stray animals while avoiding the obvious dangers of the job.
Gerber said the focus was mainly on dogs and cats but that the training addressed other situations as well, such as encounters with wild animals and large farm animals.
Gerber, Judd and Price take turns being on call and trade a communal cell phone back and forth. They also work at the shelter cleaning, feeding and watering nearly 200 dogs and cats and dispensing medication and a little TLC as well.
The shelter is open 1-7 p.m. on Wednesday, 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
On the last Saturday of each month, the Humane Society hosts an adoption showcase at the Orscheln's Farm & Home store in Maryville.
Adoption fees include spay/neuter, de-worming, the first round of vaccinations and an identification microchip.