The cats at the Parker County/Weatherford Animal Shelter have improved living accommodations, courtesy of a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Shelter Manager Dustin Deel said the ASPCA awarded a $12,000 grant to upgrade the cat kennels with new stainless steel construction that had to be custom-made.
“They are already making operations at the shelter better,” Deel said. “Not only are the new stainless steel cat kennels easier and quicker to clean, they keep the cats healthy by preventing the spread of most diseases.”
Deel said the new kennels have also nearly tripled the shelter’s capacity for adoptable cats.
Much has changed at the shelter in the almost two years since Deel was placed in charge. The live release rate for all animals for December was 92 percent.
“That’s a huge milestone for us at the shelter,” Deel said. “Breaking it down, our cats had a 97 percent LRR and our dogs were at 90 percent.”
He said he hopes to raise funds for a new isolation center as well and more stainless steel cages for puppies and sick animals.
“I am excited to see what [the shelter] can be in the future,” he said. “We are truly in the business of giving second chances.”
The shelter’s Facebook page is at www.facebook.com\WPC.