BRENHAM- Hundreds of cats and dogs have taken refuge inside Brenham's animal shelter., but the building isn't big and safe enough to house animals forever.
"I think this building has served it's purpose," said Amanda Carker, the Animal Shelter and Control Supervisor. "I think it's dilapidated and we need a new one."
Year after year, the City has to make renovations to the shelter, but they can't seem to keep up with what needs to be done. That's why the City of Brenham has created the Animal Shelter Task force to help find a new possible location for the shelter.
"I think with a new shelter it will promote adoptions," Carker said. "I think it will also be an environment that is healthier and safer for the animals."
The animal shelter is about 4,000 square feet and the City plans for the new shelter to at least double in size to accommodate for all of the overcrowding.
Brenham Police Chief Rex Phelps is spear heading the Animal Shelter Task Force.
"I think that we are all in agreement that this is a facility that has to be constructed," said Phelps. "Our old facility is just not going to meet the state mandates."
He said there are two possible locations for the new shelter. The first possible site is off of FM 389 by the police station, while the Animal Friends of Washington County generously donated land as well.
"We want to not only reach out to not only our areas, but surrounding areas and find good homes for these pets," Phelps said.
The new complex is expected to cost two million dollars. The city already has half the money so far, and is hoping the new Brenham Pet Adoption Center will be available mid 2015.
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