Kaufman County has a site for its planned animal adoption center.
County commissioners accepted the donation of developer James Mabrey near Crandall last Wednesday.
It is adjacent to a housing addition Mabrey’s firm, JLM 786 Kaufman LLC, is developing off FM 148 just north of the city limits and adjacent to a new road that leads to the site of Crandall ISD’s latest elementary campus under construction.
The donation of 2.6 acres is “good news,” according to County Judge Bruce Wood, who noted the county has funds budgeted to begin construction on the project.
“This will help us move forward very rapidly with the animal shelter,” he said.
Pam Corder, county projects manager, said the location near Crandall will be convenient for the adoption center due to its proximity to the Spay and Neuter Clinic in downtown Crandall, which has proposed to handle those operations for animals that have found new homes.
She suggested a contest for school students to develop a logo for the center, as well as programs in the schools, to help with buy-in from the community.
Precinct Two County Commissioner Skeet Phillips, who has assisted with the project, said operations in other counties have been viewed to see what doesn’t work.
He said the location is excellent, and the county hopes to find other individuals who will help with the construction.
The land is donated for the specific purpose of an animal shelter and would revert to the owner of not used for that.
Mabrey also assisted in setting up a non-profit for the center.
The county contracts with the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake to house stray dogs. The new location will save travel time and expense for animal control officers.
Need for the shelter will increase as the county grows, Wood said.