AC hours extended

January 19, 2013

The Hood County Animal Control’s long-awaited extended hours for the public are now in place – sooner than previously announced.

The facility, at 240 Bray St. off of Highway 377 West just west of Granbury, is now open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, for those interested in adopting one of the dogs or cats, according to Sheriff’s Office Captain A.T. Vines, who oversees Animal Control. In addition, beginning in February, the facility will be open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. for regular business.

The new hours should help at least some of those whose work hours had made it difficult to stop by and shop for a new pet.

“Due to some procedural changes, we were able to enact the new hours this week, more than six weeks ahead of schedule,” Vines said. “The original plan was to have the new officers trained and certified in time to begin the extended schedule by March.”

Vines explained that trusties from the Hood County Jail are no longer being used for various jobs at the facility, and that means that the two new recent hires no longer have to complete certification as a jailer because they won’t have to supervise such inmates. It saves in transportation time, plus reduces some costs from the overall budget. It also frees up younger volunteers to be used at whatever time they are available, since the trusties won’t be there, Vines added.

“There has been wide public support for extended hours, one late night per week, more off-site adoptions, and most importantly, for a new larger, more efficient facility,” he said.

Among the volunteer groups Vines thanked were: HALO (dba Hood County Animal Lovers Organization), BARC (dba Brazos Animal Resource Connection, Inc.), Friends for Animals (dba Hood County Humane Society), Just Before Heaven’s Gate cat rescue, SPIN (dba Saving Pyranees in Need) and Animal Advocates of Hood County.

Animal Control will have an open house and free pet adoption, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 16. Vines said that free snacks and refreshments will be available.

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