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City announces space-naming opportunities for new Animal Shelter

Written by Staff. Posted in News

Are you interested in leaving your “paw print” on the new Deer Park Animal Shelter and Adoption Center? You’re in luck!

In early 2017, the Deer Park City Council approved a set of space-naming opportunities for features of the facility, which is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2018. This week, brochures outlining the available donation levels will be distributed citywide.

“Aligning with our commitment to invest in City infrastructure, we will soon begin construction on a new, 7,487 square foot Deer Park Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, which will better serve both the citizens and the pets of our community,” Mayor Jerry Mouton said. “Once construction begins, we anticipate our new shelter – to be located adjacent to the current facility at 4213 Luella - will be completed in approximately 10 months.

“We would like to thank the members of the Deer Park Animal Shelter Advisory Committee for their work in making this goal a reality, as well as those who have already donated over $12,500 to this effort.”

The Animal Shelter Advisory Committee, formed by City Council in 2016, currently consists of Dr. Dale Lonsford, DVM, Chairman; Councilmember Rae Sinor; Lee Ann Selman, Southern Comforts Animal Rescue; Jeanna Hooker, Animal Control Supervisor; and Bill Pedersen, Director of Public Works.

The group assisted in the selection of the architect and provided valuable input in the design of the new Animal Shelter facility. They also initiated the community engagement campaign seeking donations.

“The Deer Park Animal Shelter Advisory Committee has been closely involved with the City leadership and management during the planning of the design and utilization of the new Deer Park Animal Shelter and Adoption Center,” Lonsford said. “We are very pleased City Council has provide the citizens and business community the opportunity to participate through sponsorships that honor and memorialize the animals that have touched and enriched our lives.”

Councilmember Sinor – who participated with the rest of the committee in site visits to La Porte and Friendswood animal shelters – said she is very excited to see some new adoption-focused features integrated into the Deer Park shelter.

“Our new shelter is going to have a lot more space for our animals, as well as spaces dedicated to making adoptions easier and more fun,” she said. “Not only will we have a get-to-know courtyard, so families can spend time with animals in a more open environment, but the facility will also have adoption rooms, play rooms and get-to-know spaces inside as well.

“We are so excited to watch our new facility come to life, and we would encourage anyone interested in being a part of our shelter’s mission to connect local families with furry friends to get involved!”

To view a PDF of the Animal Shelter donation brochure, visit