Friendswood Animal Shelter Volunteer liaison Amy Castro lets Glenda, a pet waiting for adoption, try out a new pet bed donated by Don and Lynn Shigekawa of Friendswood. Items as well as volunteers are needed at the facility to help make the pets more adoptable.

Community funding reduces cost of adoptions

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Friendswood Animal Shelter Volunteer liaison Amy Castro lets Glenda, a pet waiting for adoption, try out a new pet bed donated by Don and Lynn Shigekawa of Friendswood. Items as well as volunteers are needed at the facility to help make the pets more adoptable.

Friendswood Animal Shelter Volunteer liaison Amy Castro lets Glenda, a pet waiting for adoption, try out a new pet bed donated by Don and Lynn Shigekawa of Friendswood. Items as well as volunteers are needed at the facility to help make the pets more adoptable.

Anyone adopting a dog in Friendswood currently will get an added surprise: a big fluffy new bed comes with each dog for as long as the beds last.

New dog beds were a gift to the Animal Shelter from Don and Lynn Shigekawa, a Friendswood couple who have a rescued dog in their household.

The two donated 10 new pet beds to be given away to the first 10 people or families adopting a dog.

“We adopted our wonderful Simon from a local rescue vet. He has added so much joy to our lives and we want to encourage others to check out pets in our community who need good owners,” Don Shigekawa said.

Another community member’s donation was to provide funding to reduce the cost of adoptions.

It usually costs about $100 to adopt a dog and $85 to adopt a cat. However, after the monetary donation, they have been able to subsidize this expense and offer dogs for $50 adoption fee and cats for only $25.

This adoption in Friendswood includes over $300 worth of services, including spaying or neutering, a vet exam, an initial vet visit after adoption, insertion of a microchip, and initial vaccines.

”We are trying to encourage specific giving, volunteering of time and donations to cover vet and medicine expenses,” Volunteer liaison Amy Castro said.

Castro is a professional communication consultant who donates her time and her animal expertise to the Friendswood animal facility.

She serves as a Volunteer Liaison between the staff and community volunteers.

Castro encourages volunteer participation. She says people could do any of these things: take photos, do pet write ups, post pet info on media pages, exercise animals, or provide basic training to help make pets more adoptable.

“This would mean teaching any or all of three simple commands ‘sit,’ ‘down’ and ‘off,’” Castro said. “Volunteers could work 30 minutes a day for days of their choosing or they could work one on one with a particular pet over time.”

Castro also wants to help educate the public about what the shelter needs are and what they don’t need.

The shelter has very limited storage and they can’t accept donations of pet food except for the following: Victor brand Multi Pro Maintenance Pet Food (for dogs) and Purina One Kittens food (for cats). Victor dog food is found locally at Friendswood Feed and Lawn or can be ordered online.

“It can also be ordered online through chewy.com in 30 lb. bags for $27, and if you order two you can get free shipping and have it shipped directly to the Friendswood Animal Control and Shelter, 3000 W. Parkwood, Friendswood, TX 77546,” Castro said.

They can also use canned food occasionally for cats or dogs, Nylar bones in various sizes, rawhides and cat toys.

Currently, they do not need blankets, sheets or other materials as they have an abundant supply, according to Castro.

“The biggest thing we need is volunteers who are willing to show up and give their time, specifically in the areas that help pets get adopted, such as), walking dogs, socializing cats, and providing basic dog training. We provide all training and in fact have a lot of volunteers on paper, but only a handful who actively participate,” Castro said.

If you have a question or need additional information, call the shelter at 281-996-3390.

Friendswood Animal Control and Shelter is located at 3000 W. Parkwood in Friendswood.

Story by Karolyn Gephart