by Donna Eads
The Mesquite Animal Shelter has provided adoptable pets to our residents since 1999, but one adoption made quite a difference. Due to the love of a cat, Robert Heck created a trust fund to improve our Animal Shelter. This wonderful endowment has created the Meet and Greet Room at the shelter for our animal and human friends. On August 19, the shelter held a successful open house to show off this new addition to the public. Now the shelter has a place out of the weather to share and socialize with our beautiful furry friends.
In addition, the family of Fern Cyphert donated the glass block windows to bring light into the room. The furniture and décor were donated by our shelter volunteers and we continue to get new items weekly. The construction was done by the City of Mesquite Facilities Services with painting and flooring done by Baird Painting.
In the future, the endowment will allow for the creation of the outside play area for our cats. Currently, the shelter has two protected play areas with an agility ramp for the dogs, but not the cats. This cat playground will have greenery, cat trees, beds, toys, and a door to go back and forth to our current indoor cat room. This improvement will increase the socialization of our cats so they are more adoptable either by our residents or rescue groups.
Over the years, our shelter has worked not only with local rescue groups, but out of state groups such as Best Friends to place our adoptable pets in the right hands. The Mesquite Animal Shelter has continued to improve with a new front office, flooring, fencing, play areas, and many small items, including music for both the dog and cat areas to offer our furry friends the chance at a new life.
The Friends of the Mesquite Animal Shelter accepts donations to assist with the cost of required testing, transportation for rescue groups and/or additional medical treatment for our shelter pets. The Mesquite Animal Shelter is located at 795 Hardy Way and is open to the public from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Monday through Saturday, and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Sunday. The phone number to reach the shelter is (702) 346-5268. All visitors or residents of our city are welcome. Further information can be found on www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER, www.petfinder.com, or the City of Mesquite website.