Shelter campaign receives $40,000 donation

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An anonymous donor gave Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter’s Giving Second Chances capital campaign a $40,000 donation.

The campaign is raising money to build a medical and surgical center, outreach and classroom building and a dog park at the shelter.

Because of the donation, the shelter needs a remaining $150,000 to start construction on the medical and surgical center, Municipal and Community Service Director Dustin Deel said.

Another $250,000 is needed for the outreach and classroom building, and there is a naming opportunity for large donors, Deel said.

The shelter’s partnership with Weatherford College in the new veterinary technician program increased the original size of the medical and surgical center, Deel said. The program is expected to use the animal shelter for veterinary technician classes.

“Originally when we started this capital campaign, we needed a new medical center,” Deel said. “That medical center at the time was just over 1,500 square foot building, and it would be just for us, so we started the campaign and everything to build that. Well, as it turns out, we had the opportunity to partner with Weatherford College, and in doing so, it almost doubled the size of the building so that they could work side-by-side with us, so it increased the cost as well as the cost of inflation and other things.”

WC’s program is expected to start classes in fall 2020, after being approved by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in June.

The architectural plans for the medical and surgical center are complete, and the project has gone out for bids, Deel said. Once $150,000 is raised, the bid will be considered by Weatherford City Council for their approval. A new road around the facility has been built, and preparatory work for the project has been completed. Both the outreach and classroom building and medical and surgical center are expected to cost about $1.66 million to build.

Both Deel and director of the family and friends campaign division Mary Morse praised and thanked the anonymous donor.

“The people of Parker County have really stepped up to help with this project,” Morse said. “The people are so caring and giving in Parker County.”

Morse also praised the city of Weatherford, WC and animal shelter staff and volunteers for their participation in helping the project progress. Morse also said giving to the campaign can give donors something to be proud of.

“It’s the donors that have pride in the community and have a heart for the animals and students that are interested in education,” Morse said. “People that want to donate, they want to have ownership in this, and there’s a lot of donations that are coming in, and we’re hoping to challenge more people to step up to the plate and help us out and be a part of something great in Weatherford and Parker County.”

Donors can purchase bricks for $100 to be memorialized in the new building or sponsor individual kennels for $5,000, Deel said.

“There’s all kinds of opportunities for anybody’s giving abilities,” Deel said. “If you’re not at a point in your life where you’re able to give to the campaign, we always need people to help volunteer, so come play with us, help us volunteer and spread good words about us.”

For more information about the animal shelter, visit: http://weatherfordtx.gov/15/Animal-Shelter.