Hill County Paw Pals, Hill County, Texas

Animal Shelter Nucleus for County Animal Control


Hill County citizens are in desperate need of a county wide animal shelter, a nucleus for proactive animal control.  An animal shelter serves multiple purposes.  While lives of dogs and cats can be saved through a shelter adoption program, the shelter’s function is much broader than this.  An animal shelter allows the county to strongly state we are taking a proactive approach to animal control and pet overpopulation.  A county shelter stands as a physical affirmation that the county officials are serving the citizens by providing this much needed service.  Pet overpopulation will not be overcome by the addition of an animal shelter alone.  Only through the primary programs working simultaneously can overpopulation of companion animals be controlled.  The needed programs are Spay/Neuter programs, Education, and Legislation.  Hill County Paw Pals has initiated a low cost spay/neuter program and ongoing education for county citizens.  We have no enforcement authority, however, and look to Hill County law enforcement officials to actively enforce existing State of Texas animal control laws.  Introduction of further proactive animal control ordinances have proven successful in overcoming pet overpopulation in other areas.


Thus, in thinking an animal shelter has the sole purpose of sheltering dogs and cats, the paradigm must be shifted to viewing the shelter as a nucleus for proactive animal control.  If we continue to ignore pet overpopulation, it will only continue to worsen—burdening our communities and citizens with its’ inherent liabilities (Health, Economic, Legal, and Safety).  Action is needed now before a preventable tragedy occurs.  We’ve already had multiple “wake-up” calls as warnings with several incidents that could have easily become tragic.  Please support the efforts of Hill County Paw Pals in facilitating the installation of a county animal shelter.  Visit www.helphillcountyanimals.com or call (254) 580-0679.