Funding campaign for animal shelter off to slow start

Funding campaign for animal shelter off to slow start

Tyler (KYTX) -- People in Tyler have wanted an animal shelter for years-- and now that it's a reality, there's the hard part of paying for it.

A spot off Highway 31 not far from Loop 323 is the home of Tyler's new animal care facility. Three weeks ago, city leaders launched a year-long campaign so animal lovers can help fund it.

The web site, Citizinvestor, is the online tool where people donate any amount in just a few clicks.

"It gives the citizens of Tyler, or anybody around the community, the opportunity to give a tax deductible gift to go toward something that's concrete and substantial," Carter Delleney, City of Tyler Engineer, said.

But money has been slow to trickle in. There's less than $200 to date.

"We'll definitely be doing more in the future to get that information out there," Delleney said.
Money from citizens will go specifically toward a new lobby for the shelter. It costs between $50,000 and $55,000.

"I think it's a wonderful opportunity for us to make sure Tyler has a shelter for the animals in this area," Mary Vernau, who donated on the site, said.

Vernau hopes the city's new addition will make adoptions a lot easier, since strays will no longer be sent to Jacksonville.

 "It will provide an opportunity for people who want to rescue a pet, that they wouldn't have to go so far," Vernau said.
Phase 1 will be the bulk of the project at $2.8 million dollars. If all goes according to plan, the facility should open in May of 2015.

You can donate on the site by clicking here


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