Jake and Crystal Hettinger have teamed up with the Friends to sponsor bi-monthly adoption/fundraising events at their business, First Choice Custom Builders, 318 N. Main St.
“We are so happy to bring the Hettingers on board with our efforts to alleviate overcrowding at the Jacksboro Animal Shelter,” said Kim Gibby, Friends president.
“Lately there has been an influx of dogs and puppies, and we are trying diligently to find forever homes for these precious animals. “With Jake and Crystal’s help, the Friends are now able to host bi-monthly adoption events at their shop on one of the main arteries through town.
“By scheduling these adoptions – on the second and fourth Friday of each month – we hope to become a regular fixture in the community as a reminder to anyone interested in adopting a dog that there are many available right here at home,” Gibby explained.
The first adoption will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. In addition, the Friends will hold a supply drive for the shelter.
“With the onset of colder weather, the shelter is in need of blankets and towels to provide warmth for the animals,” Gibby said. “Even if you are not looking to adopt, you may have some old or gently used items that will benefit the animals at the shelter.
Friends of Jacksboro Animal shelter is a nonprofit organization certified in 2012 to support programs of the shelter. The Friends believe in each animal’s right to a quality life.
As advocates, the Friends of Jacksboro Animal Shelter’s mission is to provide continued care and compassion for animals in and from the Jacksboro Animal Shelter until they can be placed in a loving home. They strive to increase public awareness and to prevent overpopulation and needless suffering.
Their fundraising efforts go a long way toward providing a better quality of life for the animals. Monies raised are used to purchase vaccinations and medical care, pay for spay/neuter programs, and help supply the shelter with the little extras not accounted for in the facility’s budget.
The Friends’ next big fundraiser is a garage sale Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at 236 W. College St. Anyone who would like to make a donation can get in touch with Maggie Coughlan, sale coordinator. She will be glad to schedule a time for drop-off.
Friends of Jacksboro Animal Shelter is overseen by a board of directors elected annually. Serving alongside Gibby are Diann McBryde, vice president; Dolores Trousdale, secretary; and Jess Miller, treasurer. Animal Control Officer Star Kinder serves as an advisor to the board.
“We are always looking for volunteers: people with the same values to help with fundraising events, adoptions, fostering and to help with the care of animals at the shelter as well as the basic upkeep of the shelter itself,” Gibby said.
Upcoming adoption events are scheduled Nov. 22 and Dec. 13 at First Choice Custom Builders, weather permitting. If temperatures drop too much for the animals to be out in the elements, the adoption will be moved around the corner to the city fire hall.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of Friends of the Jacksboro Animal Shelter is urged to call Gibby at (940) 351-0229. To become a foster or adoptive parents, call Kinder at (940) 507-2165 or Miller at (936) 499-6290.