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.”