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August 26, 2013

New system, volunteer efforts result in rise of shelter adoptions

By CLINT FOSTER

The City of Mineral Wells’ new online database of impounded animals at the Mineral Wells Animal Shelter has not even been live a full week and the shelter is already reaping positive benefits.

Thanks to the new database – courtesy of Mineral Wells Police Chief Dean Sullivan – and the tireless work of volunteers and shelter employees, the shelter is receiving unprecedented amounts of attention. Many animals are either finding new homes or being reunited with their families.

The new database, which Sullivan created with the help of the city’s information technology team, provides the public with a comprehensive list of all the shelter’s animals, complete with photos, descriptions and other necessary information. The list is updated daily and provides people with an easy way of claiming pets by filling out an online form. Sullivan said after just two days of the database being online he knew of two animals that were adopted and another that was reunited with it’s family.

Sullivan was reluctant to take credit for the new system, but said he was glad that the public is using it effectively.

“It’s not about me, it’s just another tool,” he said. “I’m pleased that the public has used our online form to be able to reunite with lost pets. The biggest challenge was how we could do it here with our limited resources. Other communities have more funding, web servers and all kinds of fancy tools. We just got lucky working with the IT guys and came up with something that hopefully will be sustainable. We’ll see.”

The shelter has also received a great deal of help from two volunteers recently. One in particular, Brandon Jackson, has taken it upon herself to take photos of dogs in the shelter and post them on the animal shelter’s Facebook page. She posts the photos, adding detailed narratives. The public response has been astounding. After only a week of volunteering at the shelter, Jackson’s posts have attracted attention from potential owners and rescue groups all over the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and as far away as Southlake.

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