The Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana received a big donation Tuesday. It’s a mobile pet unit to help boost adoptions. It’s all thanks to a non-profit, formed by a teenager.
14 year-old Shelby Dunphy-Day is the executive director of Shelby’s Paws. She said, “We’re thirty-two thousand dollars, three races and a lot of sponsors into this.”
Shelby began working on fundraisers when she was 11 years-old. She wanted to help animals at the shelter get adopted faster. “The events that they’re able to attend right now, they can only take two or three dogs at a time and it’s just not pleasing to the eye.”
The new adoption unit can showcase up to sixteen pets. It’s also equipped with running water and air conditioning. “The trailer is very cold, so the animals are comfortable. They’ll move around and be excited to see you and if they’re outside just laying in a little pen they’re going to be hot and tired.” she said.
Shelter officials are excited about the possibilities. Adoption event coordinator Bertha Curry said, “I would love to take the trailer out to an event and do not bring one dog back, that’s my goal.”