MARSHALL, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – Ground was broken Monday afternoon on a new animal shelter in Marshall, Texas.
The current shelter has been around for about 50 years and is considered one of the oldest and smallest animal shelters in Texas. The new facility near the middle school will be about 6,000 square feet with room to grow.
Construction started Monday, but funds still need to be raised to complete the project. It’s expected to cost about $1.6 million, which will be paid for through a public-private partnership between the city, Harrison County, and private donations.
The Friends of Marshall Animals has started a fundraiser and committed to raising $450,000. They say any contribution up to $10,000 will be matched by an anonymous donor.
Supporters of the shelter say it is much-needed, as the size of the current shelter has meant animals have had to be euthanized for of lack of space. That has lead to the shelter having one of the highest kill rates in the country and the strays just keep coming.
“Just driving down the road and seeing animals that people have dumped on the side of the road because they’re either not wanted or not loved or for whatever reason if they’re sick,” said Marshall Mayor Terri Brown. “So the new adoption center is going to take care of those babies that are been dumped on the side of the streets and they’ll have a home now.”
In the coming months, the shelter is discussing the option to offer on-site spay and neutering services for all animals. Construction on the shelter is set to be complete by May of 2021.