by Kim Powell
ODESSA - Dozens of animals are shuffled in and out of the Odessa Animal Shelter weekly. Some are big, some are small. Some need room to play, others just want affection.
Just days after the shelter held their first benefit, they're already planning on the changes they'll be making.
"Have an actual doggy play yard with benches, maybe a tree, the astro-turf so that way the volunteers and people who are wanting to adopt an animal can maybe come out here, maybe play with the dog, see the personality," Jacque Adimare, the manager of the shelter, said.
Currently, there is no space to for all of the cats that are brought in, so for right now they are staying in--what the shelter is calling--a broom closet.
"So I was kind of thinking like right here we could get an extended cat room which would triple the space that we have right now," Adimare said while pointing to an empty space. "And then right next to that just add on a room that would specifically be a cat-viewing area so people would definitely have a spot to take a look at the kittens and the cats."
Their goal is to raise $100,000 to make all of these renovations happen. They've already raised nearly $45,000 at their Great Ball of Fur even that was held on Valentine's Day, and are hoping the city of Odessa will match that price at the city council meeting coming up on March 10th.
"So we're still asking for more donations at the ForgottenKittyRescue.org. So anything that comes in could be a potential match that the city will, you know, double the money that we raised," Adimare said.