The Erath County Humane Society (ECHS) has made recent renovations to the local animal shelter. Among the many improvements is fencing around the exterior of the shelter to protect animals on the property from being injured.

“The new fencing is so important because we have had problems with people putting aggressive or sick animals over the fence at night which may endanger the animals who are already there,” said Gail Johnson, ECHS president.

Other improvements include a new storage shed to protect pet food from moisture, new piping for the gates, new dog huts, and all new Plexiglas pens throughout the shelter, including the much needed quarantine area.

“The Plexiglas pens are important to us because the cleaning agents which are necessary to clean pens clean and to meet State guidelines also cause erosion to our facility over time,” said Judy Hallmark, ECHS director. “These new materials will hopefully help the pens last longer and enable us to keep our animals well at the same time.”

The costly, but much needed improvements are made possible from monies raised by the Leadership Stephenville Class of 2011. The Leadership class chose the ECHS as their “pet project” and hosted a successful fundraiser to raise $20,000 to help the shelter. “We are proud that our contribution continues to play a part with these improvements at ECHS, and to impact the quality of life for our area strays,” said Christopher Leu, Leadership Stephenville Class of 2011 president.