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April 16, 2014

Animal shelter throwing a party

Community invited to celebrate shelter achieving a 97% live release rate

The Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter made a promise to its staff, volunteers and rescues that if the shelter was able to achieve a 90 percent live release rate by the end of March, the shelter would throw a community-wide party to celebrate its accomplishments.

To achieve that goal, 90 percent of the animals that came into the shelter would need to make it out alive through adoptions, rescues or other special programs, like the Barn Cat program.

Not only did the WPCAS team meet its goal, it surpassed it with a 97 percent live release rate for the month of March.

“The progress this shelter has seen has been remarkable and the community should be very proud,” said Dustin Deel, assistant director of Municipal and Community Services for the City of Weatherford. “It has come a long way in a short amount of time. The chart below shows this month’s historical statistics since March 2011.”

True to its promise, the shelter is hosting a celebration party this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. offering free hamburgers, chips and soft drinks to the public.

“Everyone is invited to come celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the staff and volunteers,” said Deel. “You will also be able tour the animal shelter and see how this wonderful shelter has changed over the years. And of course, it wouldn’t be a party without free hamburgers, chips and drinks.

“So come see the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter and make sure to thank the staff and volunteers for the wonderful job they have been doing to rescue those poor helpless animals that make it to the shelter. This would be a great opportunity to see how you can be a part of the solution, too,” Deel added.

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