When you visit Pet Adoptions of Cuero, it’s obvious this no-kill animal shelter is full of heart. Through sheer determination and a little help from the POWER UP program, this group of animal-loving volunteers are providing countless dogs with a safe place to live while waiting to be adopted.

It all started when a group of local Cuero residents were concerned about the number of homeless animals in their area and the limitations of the City’s animal control shelter. For a while, they worked with the City to help care for the animals, and when a new shelter was built, they were thrilled. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, some of the dogs wouldn’t be transferred to the new facility, leaving the volunteers with very little time to find alternate housing.

Just in the nick of time, a local realtor offered a temporary solution. He had a property with a barn that was for sale where the dogs could be housed for a while.

The bad news was: the property ended up selling. But, there was also good news. The new owner generously donated the property to the volunteer organization.

So, with their POWER UP grant and other community donations, Pet Adoptions of Cuero worked to make their “new” barn more dog friendly. A high priority was finding a way to give the dogs more protection in the winter and better ventilation in the summer. Another was to build fencing for play and safety.

But that’s just the beginning of this tale. One of the group’s biggest accomplishments, says volunteer Myrna Hassfield, is their ongoing partnership with the City of Cuero. Pet Adoptions not only works with the City in accepting their adoptable animals, but was instrumental in helping to create a city program to provide free spaying services to control the future animal population.

To read more, see our story, Best Friends, in the May 2016 issue of The GVEC Review.

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