New Animal Services Wing Opens After Several Delays

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Dusdee -- a pup that has been calling the city's Animal Services Center home -- finally found love and someone with a big heart this Valentine's Day. His new owner - Bobby McWhorter.

"He picked me," McWhorter said.

Dusdee's rescue on Tuesday is the 1,000th adoption from the center, which all happened during the grand opening of the center's newest adoption wing.

"That's special," McWhorter said. "It makes me special. It makes the dog special. So, this place is going to be special."

"It's over the moon, you know, we're very excited," Animal Services Administrator Katrena Mitchell said. "It's been a two year project and so to finally be able to use these kennels and have more dogs up for adoption is just incredible."

There are now 18 new dog kennels at the center, which cost the city around $700,000

The bid for the construction was awarded by the city to NRB Construction in October 2015.

"What it means for the community is we get to up our adoption rates," Mayor Stephen Santellana said. "We were kind of running out of room, so if you don't have room for them, then of course you end up looking at euthanizing animals. Right now, it's boosted us. We're up to 25 percent less euthanasia and this is going to help in those efforts."

Originally, the shelter's expansion was to be complete in August 2016, and over that time, we were told there were contracting problems and weather issues.

"It's been, you know, a long time coming. We had rain delays. We had all sorts of different delays. We were supposed to open like back in August. So, it's been a long time coming," Mitchell said.

But now more pups in Wichita Falls, like Dusdee, can get a second chance at life with the hope of a fur-ever home.


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • Home For The Holidays
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Live Stream
  • Texoma Pros
  • Buy Local Texoma
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Home Network
    Copyright 2017 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

  • Texoma's Home Page

  • KFDX 3 Weather

  • KFDX 3 Sports

  • TexomasHomepage.com,
    KFDX, KJTL, & KJBO

  • KFDX 3 Weather

  • KFDX 3 News

    Instagram
  • TexomasHomepage Mobile App