BIG SPRING, Texas (BIG2/FOX24) – Big Spring residents are putting their heads together, in raising money, for a new and improved animal shelter.
Almost everyday, the Big Spring City Pound needs to make room for four to five new animals. Come Thanksgiving and Easter, that number triples. A proposal to revamp the current facilities has already been presented to City Council, but lack of funding forced residents to look for alternative ways in solving the on-going crisis.
“The need is still here,” explained head fundraising organizer, Scott Emerson. “The only way for us to address it is by doing it personally through donations from the taxpayers. And so far, they’ve really been good about it.”
Emerson says the current facilities need to improve to better cater towards the well-being, and comfort, or the animals and its caretakers.
“The voiceless animals in the community need to have somebody that stands up for them. Volunteers are needed, fosters are needed… We’re attempting to become a no-kill shelter, but it is horrendous.”
The oldest building dates back to the 1950s, and while the new building is in fairly good shape, renovations will help it reach its maximum effectiveness.
“It needs a new roof, it needs heating and air-conditioning. The plumbing is bad, but the concrete and the walls and the bones of the building are good.”
During the most recent distemper outbreak, Emerson had a chance to tour the old building. After an assessment of the facility came back positive, residents decided to raise money for a renovation.
“We’re up over $5,000. The goal is $20,000. What we’re going to need are volunteers out here to do a big clean-up on it and then we again need volunteers when we go to build it back.”
Once completed, the old building will add 25 to 30 new kennel spaces. It will be used for intake, while the new building is used for adoptions.
“We decided to do this, and try to take care of it, and not put it on the taxpayers,” said Emerson.
To donate on Facebook click here. You can also directly make a donation to the “Pound Fundraiser” account at the Lonestar Bank on F-M 700.