Fayetteville Animal Shelter renamed in honor of Olivia ‘Lib’ Horn

Lib Horn, courtesy photo

The Fayetteville Animal Shelter has a new name.

City Council members last week voted unanimously to rename the shelter in honor of Olivia “Lib” Horn, who died Nov. 10 after a brief illness.

Horn, a lifelong advocate for unwanted and mistreated animals, was director of the Fayetteville shelter from 1987 to 2001. She oversaw the transition of ownership of the shelter from the Humane Society of the Ozarks to the city of Fayetteville. As director, Horn opened the shelter clinic and hired the city’s first staff veterinarian. She also played a key role in promoting and expanding the city’s low-cost spay and neuter program.

After leaving the city, Horn helped create the Lester C. Howick Animal Shelter of Washington County, and led a volunteer shelter for animals that were rescued in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

A dedication and unveiling is planned for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8 at the shelter, located at 1640 S. Armstrong Avenue.