Hill County Paw Pals, Hill County, Texas
  

Hope Just a Few Weeks Away

In a few short weeks, Hill County Paw Pals expects to open our Pet Adoption Center.  This structure has been built by the faith and support of the Hill County community.  It has been built by the firm conviction of citizens that something must be done to remedy the horrific consequences of pet overpopulation. 

Paw Pals has kept an enthusiastic focus on the stated and achievable goals since our inception because we firmly believe that pet overpopulation must be corrected to make our community safer for you and our children:

Hill County Paw Pals, a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation, is a grassroots group that organized with two stated goals; 1) Facilitate installation of a county animal control program and promote and contribute to building a county animal shelter; and 2) Organize to challenge the overpopulation of unwanted companion animals (dog and cats) with four programs working simultaneously–Education, Legislation, Spay/Neuter, and Adoption (Project ELSA).

Dire consequences of pet overpopulation within the community are four significant liabilities: Health, Economic, Legal, and Safety (HELS).  Just as Milam County (same environment as Hill County allowing pet overpopulation to remain unchecked) experienced their tragedy (2005) with Lillian Stile, 76, being torn to death by a pack of dogs, Hill County has all the ingredients for such a tragedy to occur.  Hill County has indeed experienced nearly fatal episodes of stray dog attacks.  Most noted was the Hubbard area incident where a young man was attacked by a pack of dogs and his quick action to climb a tree saved his life.  A lady was viciously attacked east of Hillsboro and bitten on the chest and arm by a stray dog.  Most recently, an 11-year old boy was attacked by a stray dog and required 42 stitches to reconstruct his face.  Hill County citizens frequently report witnessing free roaming feral dog packs, criminal abandonment of dog and cats, and destruction of livestock.  Ignoring the growth of pet overpopulation feeds all the ingredients for our “tragedy” to occur.  The correction of pet overpopulation simply must be made a “priority” by our community.

The Hill County Paw Pals Pet Adoption Center will stand as a beacon of hope that an end to pet overpopulation is achievable and coming.  However, the opening of the adoption center will not remedy the problem.  Paw Pals is organizationally and financially unstructured to operate a large scale animal shelter because of the absence of a perpetual and reliable source of income.  An animal control program is a governmental 24/7 core-service that should be “prioritized” into our county budget with your hard earned tax dollars (without raising taxes).  Paw Pals is an organization of “volunteers” functioning with privately donated funds.  Paw Pals can only operate on a small scale based on community support of fund raising activities and volunteer man hours.  Paw Pals’ vision remains the installation of county animal control and a government funded shelter.  These are core services for many American communities.  We will continue to promote all aspects of pet overpopulation management:  Education, Low Cost Pet Sterilizations and Vaccinations, and Adoption Programs, and Legislation.

The newly constructed facility will operate only as a “limited” pet adoption center operated by community volunteers and financial donations.  If you would like to see it operate to its capacity, join with our stated goals to “facilitate installation of a county animal control program” by contacting your elected County Judge and Commissioner.  They hold the keys (your tax dollars) to reach this needed reality.  For more information about Paw Pals, please call (254)-580-0679, email hcpawpals@yahoo.com.