Allen Animal Shelter helped more than 500 animals find homes in 2015, setting a new record. Adoptions skyrocketed by 33% over 2014 with a total of 508 pets adopted. The shelter also helped reunite 389 stray pets with their owners and released 57 animals to humane rescue groups. The numbers were presented to Allen City Council by Animal Shelter Advisory Committee chair Sheila Brauning during the April 12 council meeting.
In 2016 the shelter will complete renovations to continue meeting the needs of stray or surrendered pets. New kennels will offer flexible configurations, with upper cages that can house smaller dogs or puppies. A new sign will be added along Bethany Drive to help residents more easily locate the shelter. The building will also get new flooring and paint, including a mural behind the front reception desk designed by the winner of the City’s “Paint for Paws” contest. The renovations will begin after “Empty the Shelters Day” on July 23.
City council recognized the work of shelter staff by proclaiming April 10-16 as Animal Control Officers Appreciation Week.
“The Allen Animal Control Officers provide outstanding service on a daily basis to the citizens of Allen,” said Mayor Stephen Terrell. “[They] are commended for the many dedicated hours of service they perform in serving this community, and for fulfilling the Department’s commitment to providing the highest level of customer service.”