By William C. Wadsack
Chief Animal Control Officer Scott Parker told the Sherman City Council that the city’s Animal Shelter raised $13,000 during its recent Adopt-a-Pet Holiday Challenge.
An anonymous Sherman woman pledged to match all donations to the shelter, up to $5,000, during the holiday season and the shelter made a big push to collect donations.
“I’m happy to say that 32 people participated in this and our total was right at $13,000 that we were able to raise just during the holidays,” Parker said during Monday’s City Council meeting. “It was very successful.”
Parker also updated the Council on the shelter’s Volunteer and Adoption Program.
“This program mainly focuses on placing unwanted animals in new loving homes,” Parker said. “The volunteer program has a large number of individuals and school groups that come to the shelter to exercise and socialize animals almost daily, but we also have a small core group that we’ve trained and work with us.”
That group helps with the shelter’s adoption trailer at the pet supply store in the Town Center Shopping Center on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
“We’ve built this up to three times a week and it’s really made a drastic difference in the number of pets getting placed in good homes,” Parker said. “Our euthanasia rate is way down. It’s making a big difference.”
Using some of the funds collected during the holiday challenge, the shelter installed three 50 feet-by-50 feet exercise kennels and are planning to purchase an office trailer to be used with the adoption trailer.
“Whenever the students from the schools and the volunteers come out they’ll have more room to exercise (the animals),” Parker said of the recently installed kennels.
“I know the citizen was a Sherman native who wanted to see this happen, who really cared about this,” Mayor Cary Wacker said. “I know you guys do an excellent job and it’s just a matter of resources for you, so having people and some extra money really makes a difference in a shelter.”
The shelter volunteers who attended the meeting were asked to stand and were thanked by the Council for donating their time. Donations to the animal shelter can be made on the city’s website, http://www.ci.sherman.tx.us, at the animal shelter itself, 1800 E. Ida Rd., and at the shelter’s adoption trailer.