Brazos Animal Shelter Founder Returns To Be Executive Director

Following a year of bumps in the road, changes and new faces have come to the Brazos Animal Shelter.

29 years ago, Kathy Bice was the shelter's executive director.

Now she's come back to her old job.

It's a new start at a familiar place for Kathy Bice.

She took over the reigns of the Brazos Animal Shelter in Bryan six weeks ago after working at shelters in Dallas and San Antonio.

"I think if we all focus on the mission to save lives we'll be better off," said Bice.

She's already made a big change as the shelter is now adopting out chows and pit bulls like Hope.

Hope is considered family friendly after passing a behavior and aggression test. Before they would have been transferred to other rescue groups or put down if the owner didn't claim them.

"Pit bulls need to be part of the family and not be put out in the backyard or out on a chain and that's something we are looking for people that want a companion animal," said Bice.

She's hoping to forge new relationships after recent controversies including previous Executive Director Melissa Ball stepping down last August.

The City of Bryan also decided to part ways to launch their own shelter at their old location on Finfeather Road, after a new contract agreement couldn't be reached.

"The first thing I did when I got here is I went to lunch with the new director of the Bryan Animal Center and she and I are both people who've been in the animal shelter business. We have experience, we're both willing to work together and we're willing to look forward," she said.

In fact Bice sees her Bryan counterparts every week; their mail is still sent to their old place.

"They're very friendly and they're doing their work and we're doing our work. There's room for everybody to rescue," she added.

With their new location on Leonard Road we're told the Brazos Animal Shelter's goal is to save every adoptable dog and cat.

Bice says the Brazos Animal Shelter plans on having a meeting with all local animal groups later this year to discuss lowering the euthanasia rate.

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