GILMER/UPSHUR COUNTY (KYTX) - Pet owner David Newman has lived in Upshur County twenty-one years. He says the time for a no-kill animal shelter in the county is now.
"We need to try and get a lot of these animals off the roads to keep from getting hit and try to get them adopted out," Newman said.
Upshur County doesn't have an animal shelter. The county judge says people who live there must take stray animals to an animal shelter in Longview and pay it to take the animal. The Longview shelter -- operated by the Humane Society of Northeast Texas -- puts down animals that are not adopted.
Dr. Cherie Nazzal is a Gilmer veterinarian. She wants to build a shelter for Upshur County where the animals don't have a deadline.
Work begins Saturday, when Nazzal and volunteers will prepare a large animal area behind her animal hospital in Gilmer into an intake area for the future shelter.
"Once we can do that, we're going to get them neutered -- spayed, neutered -- all their heartworm shots, blood tests," Nazzal said.
Nazzal says the movement needs donations, volunteers and foster homes for strays. Whether someone takes an animal from the no-kill shelter for a short time or for life, Nazzal vows, "We're going to give you a healthy animal. We're not going to give you an animals that has worms. We're not going to give you an animal that's going to make your other animals sick, or your children. You've got to consider this stuff."
If you want to help volunteers prepare the animal intake area, you can stop by the animal hospital on Texas 154 west at the Gilmer city limits. Volunteers will arrive as early as 9 Saturday morning.