Brazos Animal Shelter Board Makes Changes

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The Brazos Animal Shelter's Thrift Store opened in 2004 and is shutting down at the end of September.

"It's not making us any money and we're having to pay every year to maintain the facility," Vice President of the Brazos Animal Shelter Board Stacy Crowder said. "It's not wise for us to keep it open."

After examining the shelter's financial records, the board found the shelter was actually paying more to run the thrift store, than it was making.
In fact, the board says the thrift store has never made money.
Members would not release the amount of money lost but say it was excessive.

"We're going to be having a close-out sale to get rid of the merchandise and then the merchandise left will be donated," Crowder said.

Besides closing the shelter, the board's top priority is hiring an executive director.
The executive director job has been posted and the board's plan is to hire within the next 60 days.

"We don't think it's going to be hard to find people it's just going to be hard deciding on all those good people to narrow it down," Crowder said.

Then with a new director in place, the board will work on expanding the shelter.

"We are getting more animals in than we adopt out," Crowder said. "So the shelter is having to euthanize way more animals than anyone would ever imagine simply because there is no space."

Among other changes, the current shelter is undergoing renovations, the board has posted a job opening for a full-time bookkeeper, they have formed numerous committees focusing on items like fund raising, and they have decided to start a capitol campaign after the executive director is hired to build a new shelter within the next two years.

Board members say no employees will be let go because of the changes.
The animal shelter is offering half price adoptions this week because of on-going renovations.