It is the reason Valdez, the city’s senior animal control officer, and Reilly, his assistant, go to such lengths to see that the dogs and cats they take in find a good home.
The latest addition to the city’s animal shelter on Cook Road is a new graphic element on the north fence.
The image says “ADOPT” in large, red letters outlined in white with a large, black paw in the middle.
“You can see it from Cook Road,” Valdez said. “You can even see it from the park.”
That would be Poesta Creek Park on South Tyler Street, a facility that attracts many city residents in the evenings.
“They’re called ‘put-in’ cups,” Valdez said. The concept apparently is a new version of the plastic foam cups in a chain-link fence craze that caught on around the country years ago.
“It took us more than three hours to do it,” Valdez said. Reilly worked on the white outline of the words and then filling them in with the colored pieces went quickly after that.
Valdez said he found the idea on the Internet and saw that a company in Corpus Christi could provide the pieces.
Using a banner that Valdez and Reilly keep on the shelter’s fence on the east side near the entry gate, Valdez had the company make up the design.
“We’re going to put another one on the other fence,” Reilly said. That one will be just like the one on the north side of the property, but it will be south of the gate to the shelter on the east side fence.
“We paid about $500 for both,” Valdez said.
The idea is to make local residents aware that they have found the city’s animal shelter when they come looking for it.
“You tell them we’re on Cook Road, and a lot of people have a hard time finding it,” Valdez said.
The new graphic should solve that problem.
For a couple of true animal lovers, that means a lot. Their goal is to get as many animals adopted as possible.
Valdez and Reilly believe they have some of the cutest and best behaved dogs in town, and if local residents will just visit the shelter when looking for that perfect pet, they will decide to adopt from them.
The best dogs are kept around the place as long as possible. Many of the dogs have had their vaccinations for parvo and rabies, and they are kept clean and free of fleas and ticks.
They are ready to go to a good family at almost any time, Valdez said.
The hardest part of the adoption experience often is picking a dog or cat.
The shelter has a number of really cute, small, lap-size dogs that are affectionate and attentive.
They love attention. They are well fed, clean and in good health. They just need a family to love them.
One of the first improvements Valdez undertook after hiring on as the senior animal control officer was to create a Facebook page for the shelter.
Pet lovers are encouraged to “friend” the site by going to City of Beeville Animal Shelter on Facebook.
Valdez gives those who adopt an animal recognition on the Facebook page, thanking them for giving another deserving dog a “furever home.”
Valdez and Reilly stay busy, but they always make time for someone who is looking for a faithful pet to join his or her family. The two encourage anybody to adopt a dog or cat, adults or children.
Most folks never forget the dogs and cats they knew and loved when they were children. A child needs a pet as much as a pet needs a loving home. And adopting a pet is a good way to teach children how to be responsible.
Valdez said he and Reilly can be at the shelter any day of the week to meet with individuals and families looking for a pet to adopt.
“We’ll even be here on a weekend,” he said.
Anyone who would like to stop by the shelter should call first. The number to the shelter is 358-4545.
But because the two officers are not always at the shelter, Valdez recommends sending them a message on the Facebook page to arrange an appointment.
Remember, that page can be reached at City of Beeville Animal Shelter.
For those who do not have access to a computer, it’s possible to leave a message on the shelter’s voice mail system.
And when looking for the shelter, just remember, Cook Road runs east from South Tyler Street to the U.S. Highway 181 Bypass service road.
The shelter is on the south side of the street down a caliche road. And with that new “ADOPT” sign on the fence, it should be easier than ever to find the place.