By Traci Chapman
Mustang Animal Shelter is getting closer to a major renovation/expansion, city officials say.
Part of the August 2016 sales tax extension approved by residents, the aged and dilapidated shelter is now on the fast-track, officials said.
“Red Prairie Design Group is working on the project and we feel like staff had a very, very productive preliminary meeting about this,” City Manager Tim Rooney said. “This is going to be a very interesting and, we believe, well-received project.”
Rooney said in late June staff had toured other animal control facilities across the metro for project ideas and inspiration. Mustang Police Department, which oversees city animal control operations, is overseeing the expansion/renovation.
A renovation/expansion of the site can’t come too soon, Friends of Mustang Animal Shelter volunteers said. Beyond cracked and crumbling facilities in both the office and kennel areas of the current structure, space needs are consistently overwhelmed, FOMAS officer Shawna Bostick said. Foster families taking in both cats and dogs give a loving temporary home to animals awaiting permanent adoption.
“Our fosters are just lifesavers for us,” Bostick said. “Fosters also give pets the time he or she needs to be ready for adoption, and they help the shelter learn more about the pet so he can end up in the home best suited to him.”
Anyone wishing to learn more about fostering or FOMAS can go online to its website, www.fomas.webs.com or their Facebook page, located at www.facebook.com/friendsofthemustanganimalshelter.com.
Mustang Animal Shelter is located at 520 W SW 59th Street and is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (closed for lunch from noon until 1 p.m.) and 9 a.m. until noon on Wednesday. To speak to the animal control officer, call 405-376-2488 and leave contact information for a return call.