Holly Dunn walked in the front door of the Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption Center holding a large yellow “lost dog” poster with photos of her Kimmie. As she showed it to volunteer Patty Heard, Holly said someone told her that her dog was in the shelter.
Patty asked a few questions and was not sure “Joy” was indeed the missing Kimmie but asked another volunteer to get “Joy” from her kennel. Holly opened the door to the next room, saw “Joy” and immediately called, “Kimmie, Kimmie!”.
The small dog ran quickly to Holly and jumped into her arms. As Holly stood up holding Kimmie close, her face was covered with doggy kisses. Everyone watching the reunion knew, without a doubt, “Joy” was, in fact, the missing Kimmie.
The San Patricio County SPCA is a group of thirty plus members and 100+ volunteers working to run and maintain the new animal shelter, the Sandra Sue Benson Animal Adoption Center which opened August 27, 2016.
Eleven years ago, the 501(c)3 non–profit organization was established and worked hard raising the money for this shelter.
“I didn’t think this was going to happen in my lifetime. We worked so hard for so long. I didn’t think it was going to happen with just bake sales, garage sales and things of that nature.” ~ Sarah Howard
The group began a new casino night fundraiser which did bring in more money but Sarah said it just didn’t begin to “scratch the bottom of the barrel they needed to fill”.
But, it did happen after receiving a generous donation from Sandra Sue Benson. Donations increased and grants have been received so that the dream of the San Pat Co SPCA of a no-kill shelter and adoption center came true and continues to grow and flourish.
A benefit golf tournament has been added annually and the first European Dinner was held this month. The next Denim & Diamonds Fundraiser will be October 21, 2017. The theme this year is “Welcome to the Wild, Wild West”. Follow My Coastal World calendar page for updates.
Although this SPCA is formed in San Patricio County, Grant Writer Kathy Henderson said animals in need of new families are accepted on a space available basis from any surrounding county. Individuals and families living in the area who wish to adopt are also considered.
The Animal Adoption Center is located at 4630 FM 1069 in Aransas Pass, Texas. The hours are between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays. There 100 + dogs and cats available for adoption. Here are a few of them. (Touch each photo to see the caption.)
The Adoption Center is in urgent need of volunteers to help with the following chores:
- Walk the dogs
- Feed the animals
- Clean and care for the animals
These positions are needed daily for cleaning and feeding the animals from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The volunteers say they enjoy working together taking care of the animals.
For more information call 361-332-1445 or go to http://www.spcasanpatcounty.com/ where you can see photos and descriptions of each animal available for adoption.