Hill County Paw Pals, Hill County, Texas

Hill County Animal Shelter

Many communities across our country have eliminated the burden of pet overpopulation for citizens.  These communities embraced proactive measures to overcome the problem; and a key component in these neighborhoods is a functioning animal shelter that serves as a foundation to operate supporting integral programs.

Hill County Paw Pals has actively pursued and evaluated designs of animal shelter facilities across the state and even beyond the state of Texas.  Our vision is of a shelter that will be a welcome component within the community.  Animal shelters can be built so they emanate a source of pride from the citizens.  A shelter should not have offensive odors or loud noises that deter volunteers and potential adopting families from visiting the shelter.  Hill County Paw Pals has reviewed numerous shelter designs and the prime selection is a state-of-the-art 6,260 square feet facility that can easily handle our community’s needs.  The estimated cost would be $350,000.  The facility is designed to have a unique plumbing system to enable frequent cleaning to keep the animals safe and healthy, avoid disease, and also avoid build-up of odor.  The facility is planned with three air conditioned zones for efficient exchange of air.  The exterior insulated walls are four inches thick and a masonry exterior would make it virtually quiet from the outside.

The location of the animal shelter is a decision that should never be taken lightly.  Progressive communities have found it is essential to place the shelter in a central location.  This brings daily attention to the issues of pet overpopulation, abandonment, and the need for homes of sheltered animals.  Paw Pals hope is that our community can move forward to enabling the building of the shelter at the most prominent site available, adjacent to the Sheriff Office.

Locating the shelter near the Sheriff Office on land already offered for lease to Paw Pals by Hill County Commissioners Court will serve to provide an inherently safe environment for volunteers, visitors, animal control officers, and the animals housed within.  The close proximity to the Sheriff Office should deter cowardly dumping of animals next to the shelter and should also deter vandalism.

Paw Pals recognizes that zoning changes are not to be taken lightly.  However, we also know that zoning law has to be fluid as the communities served are constantly in a state of growth and change.  Hill County Paw Pals ultimate goal is to improve Hill County with the implementation of an animal shelter that will serve as a nucleus for proactive animal control.  Our hope is that at some time in the near future, stray dogs and cats will become a rarity in our community and not common place—just as they are in other parts of our great nation.

For more information about Hill County Paw Pals, please email hcpawpals@yahoo.com; or call 254-580-0679.