The Iowa Park community and other Texomans took part in the grand opening of the Iowa Park Animal Reclaim Center Saturday morning.
The center is a community effort and was much needed.
The old facility next door only had three dog kennels, but the new center has 16 dog kennels and a designated room for cats.
The Iowa Park 4B board put up $200,000 for the structure, but much more will be needed going forward, so center representatives said any and all donations are appreciated.
One of Iowa Park’s Animal Control officers said he’s relieved to know it’s almost done and the city can now hold more animals.
“You know the whole community kind of came together to help us out,” Iowa Park Animal Control officer Matthew Ohm said. “We received a lot of donations; The 4B board provided the money for us and the city administrators and chief of police— we all kind of came together to make this thing happen.”
Alongside the officers, the city manager said it’s taken a lot of work to get it ready, and though the doors were opened today, he said the center is still a work in progress.
“Although it’s never 100 percent done and probably never will be, it’s never 100 percent clean and probably never will be, it’s ready for business,” Iowa Park City Manager Jerry Flemming said.