Animal shelter

Officer Aleca Best conducts obedience training at the Copperas Cove Animal Control Facility. Brandi’s Grooming plans to raise money for the shelter Oct. 12.

Copperas Cove Animal Control has impounded more than 900 dogs and 700 cats this year, and that does not count other pets and wildlife for which the shelter provides care.

To help care for the animals, Brandi’s Grooming is conducting its annual yard sale to benefit the city’s shelter. It has raised an estimated $2,000 each year. The yard sale is Oct. 12 at the grooming shop’s parking lot.

This year’s goal is to raise $3,000, said Monica Bates, volunteer event chairman.

No time limit on stays

The facility, which has 23 adoption kennels and 23 intake kennels, does not put limits on the length of time animals can be housed. Some of the animals have been there since April awaiting adoption. Copperas Cove pays for not only housing the animals, but costly food and medication.

The money is mainly for veterinary bills for the animals, said David Wellington, senior animal control officer.

“We do not have a veterinarian who works (at animal control),” Wellington said.

“So we must get outside care for the animals when they get sick and need medication.”

Hundreds of items

The yard sale already has lots to offer potential shoppers.

“We literally have hundreds of items that we will be selling including furniture, household items, books, toys, clothing and much more,” Bates said.

Bates is chairing the fundraiser for the second year and counts on volunteers like Maureen and Deleah Ames to make the event a success.

“I love animals and this is something that I want to help with,” said Deleah Ames, 17, a Copperas Cove High School senior. “Because of all of the stray animals in Cove, this is the most important thing that I can do.”

This is her second year to help with the fundraiser. She plans to use the community service hours for the National Honor Society service requirement.

Ames will help set up, sort the items and walk the dogs.

“The first year, I was clueless as to what to do,” she said. “I didn’t know until I went through it. But this year I am ready and prepared to raise money for the animals.”

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