SPCA Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption Center Open for Business
After 10 years of fundraising and putting the pieces together, the SPCA Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption Center begins accepting cats and still looks for volunteers to begin accepting dogs.
The adoption center held a grand opening on Aug. 27 to have ribbon cutting, give tours of the facility and sign-up volunteers and members.
Director Dona Farrar explained the center needs another 15-20 volunteers or members to begin the facilities full operations. “We just need our volunteers to enjoy working with cats and dogs,” Farrar said. “We’re not going to be picky or strict, but ask they enjoy being here.”
She went on the say there are no set hours a volunteer has to work, and the different volunteer tasks include walking the dogs, cleaning, mopping, feeding, playing with the animals and other daily tasks. Volunteers will be able to pick the tasks they would like to complete, and they must first complete an orientation.
The center has already taken in several cats and one dog. The animals the center accepts must be up to date with shots and spayed/neutered.
The facility has three cat rooms, a meeting room, staff area, several dog runs, a grooming room and a storage room for food and other supplies. Member/volunteer Kathy Henderson was giving tours and proudly expressed how she put up the animal decals throughout the facility. “We’re really proud of how nice this facility is,” Henderson said. “We’ve worked so hard to get this going, and now, we can give these animals a place they deserve.”
The grand opening brought a center full of city officials and animal lovers. Linda Cobb with the Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce expressed excitement for the facility. “We’re happy and proud to be here,” Cobb said. “We’re proud of the facility and of the people who have worked so hard to get this opened.”
Aransas Pass Mayor Adan Chapa talked about how animals are close to his heart. “These animals are like children,” Chapa said. “[This facility] is so important and a blessing to have these guys locally. We have to continue to think about getting animals in here today, tomorrow and every day after that. It’s a great day.”
To become a member of SPCA, one must attend three meetings which are the first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. Membership dues are $15 a year. Engraved bricks are also for sale for $50 to support SPCA. The annual Demin & Diamonds Casino Night fundraiser will be held on Oct. 15 with the theme “Hollywood Nights.” The Jason Suthern Band will be there for music, The Shack and Smoke house will serve the food, and The Texas Roadhouse will provide drinks. A silent auction will also be taking place.
For now, the center hours will be Fridays from 3 p.m. 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. “We want to start a little slower,” Farrar said. “But once we get going, we’ll be full speed ahead. We’re so thankful and excited to finally get [the adoption center] up and going.”