Adoption center closer to reality

By Chris Cooper -

Building an adoption center is a dream for those who manage the Logan County Animal Shelter. The current building the Logan County Humane Society works out of is in need of a lot of work. Despite the dedication of the staff, a new building is what will be best for the many homeless animals that come through the shelter, until they can find forever homes.

Humane Society Director Amanda Castile and her board of directors are going to build the adoption center with funds that were bequeathed to the society two years ago. Over $200,000 was given to the humane society by the Watkins family in hopes to continue to strive towards a no-kill facility.

“We are in need of an adoption center and I feel the public is looking for us to build one,” said Castile. “We want to use Ms. Watkins’s money the way she intended us to, which is to benefit the animals who come through here. We don’t want to let it just sit there.”

The funds will not be enough to finish the center so the society will be soliciting support from the community and business sector.

The society is paid by the Logan County Fiscal Court for running the day-to-day operations of the animal shelter. However, any additional spending on resource, or the many other expenses associated with saving as many animals as possible, comes out of the pockets of the society. Those funds are generated by fundraisers, grants, and the generosity of the citizens of this community.

The society board had asked the county to deed to them a piece of property in front of the existing shelter to build the adoption center on. The center will be named the Watkins Adoption Center. However, members of the fiscal court felt a little uneasy doing that.

What was decided between the court and the board is to build the center on county property and then the society enter into a long-term lease with the county.

Magistrates told Castile she did a good job at the shelter and they were not against building the adoption center.

Castile said she was sure her board would be fine with a long-term lease, but would get back to the county at its next court meeting to give them a more definite answer.

By Chris Cooper

To contact Chris Cooper, email or call 270-726-8394.

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