By Nicole Jones
When it’s complete, Pearland’s new animal services building will bear the name of longtime animal services manager Shari Coleman.
City Council on Monday agreed to name the building for Coleman, who served the city for 17 years focusing on animal rescue and protection from cruelty. Coleman passed away Oct. 6, 2019.
“I think it would be a fitting tribute to her years of dedicated service to the community, animals and pet owners,” City Manager Clay Pearson said.
The last time Coleman was in Council Chambers, a roomful of people had come to talk about the animal shelter, Councilman Trent Perez recalled. “It ended up in a round of applause for her,” he said. “She did such a commendable job and took it so seriously. She will just never be replaced.”
The council vote was unanimous and followed by applause.
During discussion, Councilman Woody Owens recalled a phone call from Coleman about a rat terrier at the shelter.
“She called and told us they had a dog we need,” said Owens, who had agreed to foster the animal, which became the family pet for the next 16 years.
Pearland’s 2019 bond election resulted in voter approval of the construction of the new facility on Freedom Drive. It will replace the current aging and under-sized shelter.
During Coleman’s time with the city, thousands of animals were fostered, adopted and provided other services.
The new shelter is currently in the design phase.