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PARC Celebrates Second Anniversary

35 volunteers shown appreciation

Published April 18, 2012 @ 10:39 p.m.

The Post Animal Refuge Center held its second appreciation dinner last Saturday at the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall to honor its volunteers and to celebrate its second year operating as a no-kill shelter. 

To date PARC has adopted 153 animals into permanent homes and currently has 17 dogs available for adoption. 

The PARC organization has taken on new ventures recently.  The shelter became an official PetSmart Adoption Partner in December of 2011 which enables it to present dogs for adoption at PetSmart  in Lubbock every weekend.   A plea was made for volunteers to assist with this program as well as provide foster homes for shelter animals. 

In November of last year, a program was started with the Life Skills students from the Post ISD.  Students from this program are brought to the shelter twice a week to help with shelter operations and interact with the dogs. 

Another program began last month entails taking shelter dogs to the Garza County Regional Juvenile Center twice per week.  At the appreciation dinner County Judge Lee Norman praised the group for the work they are doing in the community including the juvenile center program.  The plan is to build kennels at the center which will eventually house shelter dogs. 

Mayor Thressa Harp also commended the group for the number of dogs PARC has been able to rescue from the City of Post Shelter. 

PARC member Rick Maestas talked about progress made at the shelter over the past year including a new feed room and roofs on the outside kennels to provide more shade for the dogs. 

Maestas ended the evening with a quote from Mahatma Ghandi : “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Post Animal Refuge Center is in need of volunteers to help with adoption events, fostering animals, and daily kennel operations and grant writing.  PARC is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations to the group are tax deductible.

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