New animal shelter shows public’s heart
Congratulations to the City of Fredericksburg on its long-awaited animal shelter, which opened last Thursday at 327 Hollmig Lane.
Volunteers, city staff, donors and the curious mixed amid the smiles of animal advocates. This was their day.
Several years ago, Friends of Fredericksburg Animal Shelter spearheaded this effort, reimagining a rather sad facility located at the city landfill. The group then gathered signatures to petition for it and the vision began. What opened last week is a clean, safe environment where animals will either be reunited with family members or adopted by a new family.
Private donors also paved the way for this shelter to be built. The generosity of Michael and Mary Ann Porter of Doss spurred this project to become a reality. Mary Alice White, a FFAS benefactor and volunteer, kept the message out there. Every community should be so fortunate to have generous backers such as these.
There are a lot of caring animal advocates in this community, and none more so than city staffers Yvonne Gerhardt and Mickey Moellering who care for these neglected and abandoned animals day in and day out. Kudos also to Police Chief Steve Wetz, who realized the benefit of an upgraded shelter.
The new shelter is, literally, a model for other communities. From care of the animals to the adoption process, much thought was put into this, right down to the type of coating on the floor to avoid staining and walk areas so the pets can get some exercise.
Lastly, but certainly not least, we give a shout out to the many volunteers who donate hours to help the animals, whether it is walking the animals or other tasks. Their commitment shows this town’s caring nature as much as anyone.
Call the City of Fredericksburg Animal Shelter at (830) 456-5792 to volunteer or to take a tour of the new facility. You’ll be impressed at this community’s heart. — K.E.C.