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County no longer accepting cash for animal shelter adoptions

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By Josh Claywell

 

The Taylor County Fiscal Court announced during Tuesday’s meeting that the Taylor County Animal Shelter will no longer accept cash for adoptions.

District 3 Magistrate Tommy Corbin said the shelter will only accept personal checks or money orders for the time being. In the future, he said the shelter hopes to be able to take credit and debit cards as well.

“We’re no longer taking cash at the animal shelter,” Corbin said. “But we are looking at doing a debit card or a credit card at some point. And we’re looking at some new type of application to be filled out by volunteers and rescue groups. They’ll know what our guidelines are.”

The animal shelter is also partnering with the local chapter of the SPCA to be its rescue coordinator. District 5 Magistrate Derrick Bright made the motion to appoint the SPCA, which was founded 55 years ago by Pat Abell, as the rescue coordinator. Corbin seconded it and the measure passed 6-0.

“We’ve never had a rescue coordinator,” Taylor County Judge-Executive Eddie Rogers said. “What’s been said is not true. Rescue has been open to anyone who wants to come to the shelter. But unbeknownst to the court, some things have been said.”

Abell was happy with the decision.

“We are a very professional group, we operate to very high standards and we would be more than willing to do anything that you all want,” she said.