Petco gives Bayou Animal Services $500,000 grant for new shelter

- Petco is giving Bayou Animal Services a $500,000 grant to help the non-profit build its new shelter.
Bayou Animal Services serves as the shelter for Dickinson, Santa Fe, and Clear Lake Shores. The group has been working out of a small, temporary building.

They were about to build a new shelter with $550,000 from Dickinson when Harvey hit. Now they will be able to build an even better one.

“We were going to build the shelter for $550,000. Now, it would’ve been a nice shelter, it may not have been quite as big as it needed to be, but it was going to be a nice shelter,” President of Bayou Animal Services Walter Wilson said. “But with these additional funds, now we can add things to the shelter that enhances it.”

“Awesome. It will be so much better. We’ll be able to have focus groups where volunteers come in and work on the animals and stuff and make the animals more adoptable to people,” said Melvin Trover, the shelter manager at Bayou Animal Services.

The new shelter will be a much larger facility with separation for intake and medical areas. It will also include more kennel space, upgraded cat condos, a cat room and outdoor dog play yards. They hope to break ground in February.

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