Midland PetSmart Could Make Way For New Shelter

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The Midland Humane Coalition has been planning to bring a no-kill shelter into Midland for quite some time; now with PetSmart offering to renovate their store to make room for an adoption center, it could put them on the fast track to their goal.

"If all this comes together, that would be the home of Midland Humane Coalition and where we would do our adoptions from," Paul O'Neil said with Midland Animal Service, said.

While PetSmart already has an existing adoption center located inside the store, the Midland Humane Coalition would house their animals right next door to it, and many Midlanders agree, another adoption center could be a big help in the long run.

"I'm all for a no kill shelter. There's too many animals being put down and I wish people would adopt more instead of buying them," Linda Ingrham, who supports the shelter, said.

"I think it's great because it will give a better opportunity for animals to be adopted since they'll have more people shopping at the store and they'll have better living conditions," Emily Williams, who also supports the shelter, said.

While the Midland PetSmart deal isn't set in stone quite yet, others have a good feeling about what the future could hold.

"If we could get animals there and with the type of promotions they do. It would be a fantastic situation," O'Neil said.

If the new adoption center gets the final ok, PetSmart is looking to complete the project by the end of this year.