Months have passed since that tragic night, and many things have changed for HSSET. The temporary facility is up and running, continuing to take in animals from the community and from 12 local city pounds through our pound puppy program. We are able to continue serving our community through educational programs and providing vital services such as affordable spay and neuter surgeries. We will also be hosting an Adopt-A-Thon in October.
Though the construction of our temporary shelter is complete, HSSET has a long road ahead. Just as we provide a temporary home to the animals we take in, this makeshift shelter is a temporary home to us. Before the fire, we housed between 150—200 animals at any one time. Now, our capacity is severely limited to about 100 dogs and cats. The drastically decreased amount of space our temporary facility provides has forced us to halt many of our indispensable programs, such as Book Buddies, Paws Against Bullying, and AniMeals on Wheels.
Prior to the night of March 15 HSSET had a need for a new shelter. Now, after the fire, we are working out of a makeshift shelter and our need for a new shelter is urgent. Over the years, we had grown into so much more than just an animal shelter and needed a larger space to facilitate the many vital programs we provide to the community. After many years of dedicated planning, research, analysis, and exploration, we have developed a design for our new shelter campus that will allow us to meet the diverse and growing needs of Southeast Texas. The new shelter campus will serve as a hub for the community. We have been donated 104 acres which will provide us with ample space to expand and add new, innovative programs. We will expand our veterinary clinic to not only provide affordable spay and neuter surgeries but also low cost vaccination and microchip clinics. An education center will bring the well-loved HSSET Critter Camp to the shelter to reach more of the children of Southeast Texas. Our new shelter will also increase in pet housing by 30% to meet the growing number of homeless companion animals.
HSSET is passionately devoted to the future of animal welfare and will continue to fight for the lives of homeless, abandoned, and unwanted pets in our area, now and forever. Please join us in raising the standard for companion animal care in Southeast Texas as HSSET continues to lead our community towards a brighter, more humane tomorrow.
If you have any questions about the future plans for the Humane Society of Southeast Texas or would like to learn more about how you can leave your ‘paw’ print on our community, please contact our Development Director, Monica Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.