By TYLER MASK
For the past few years, Palo Pinto County Humane Society has been doing their part to keep the streets clean of stray animals and giving pets a chance to find good homes.
This coming Saturday, Feb. 1, they are giving the people of Palo Pinto County the opportunity to do their part and adopt a furry friend.
The adoption event will be held at Walden Farm and Ranch Supply in Mineral Wells from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pet adoption in Palo Pinto County has come a long way compared to around four years ago, according to Sherry Seabolt of the Palo Pinto County Humane Society.
“People didn’t even know Mineral Wells had a shelter because there wasn’t any kind of advertising,” Seabolt said.
But resources like the newspaper, websites and social media are changing everything Seabolt said.
PPCHS is a local nonprofit organization that works closely with the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter.
The key difference between the two is that MWAS is a city-run organization, whereas PPCHS is a 501c3 [non-profit organization] that depends solely on volunteers.
PPCHS volunteers take pets into their homes and foster them until they can find what is called a “forever-home” for the animals. Beyond providing shelter and a yard to play in, these volunteers commit to feeding and training the animals as needed.
The types of dogs they take in come from all over the area including strays, abandoned pets and a large percentage are even pulled from MWAS.
Unfortunately, not all dogs get pulled.
But the fact that more non-profits like PPCHS are coming to Mineral Wells is good news for pets and MWAS alike.
“We have been working closely with [Mineral Wells Animal Shelter], pulling dogs that were out of time,” Seabolt said. “And now they have gotten other rescue groups pulling [dogs].
“It has just made a huge difference.”
Ultimately, Seabolt hopes that the local dog fostering scene gets so big that no dogs are put to sleep.
However, this process is not an overnight venture.
Seabolt said that any organization that wants to come in and pull pets from the shelter must prove they are a 501c3.
One of the biggest reasons for this is to ensure that the organizations are responsible and abide by the rules set forth by MWAS.
“Whatever goes through us or the city shelter gets spayed and neutered and [a] rabies [vacination],” Seabolt said.
The cost for adopting a pet through PPCHS is usually $75, which helps the non-profit cover some of the costs in taking care of the animals.
But with certain medical conditions plaguing a few of the pets, PPCHS can lose massive amounts of money at times, which is where social media enters the picture.
“For us, social media is huge,” Seabolt said. “We just had a dog [come] through that had heartworms, and that costs us anywhere from $250 to $400 dollars.
“So, [in these instances] we’ll get on social media and explain, ‘this is the dog’ in pictures, and people will donate. And that is how we survive, from people helping us out.”
Despite facing monetary obstacles, PPCHS has managed to grow over the years and now boasts around 17 foster parents.
“When we first started doing adoptions, we’d have five dogs,” Seabolt said. “And we have 40 dogs now.”
Saturday’s event is not just a one time ordeal, as PPCHS tries to host an adoption event every other week Seabolt said.
Although not all the pets will be at the event on Saturday, every dog is available online through Pet Finder and Adopt a Pet.
For more information regarding adoption, contact Seabolt at 940-325-3686.
To discover the dogs PPCHS has, visit www.petfinder.com or www.adoptapet.com.