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New non-profit aims to improve Denison dog pound

DENISON -- When animals in Denison are picked up by animal control, they're taken to the city pound.

Many face an uncertain future if their owners don't come get them within 72 hours.

But a new organization in Grayson County is focusing on increasing the number of pet adoptions in Denison.

Amanda Orgel and Spencer Franklin are expanding their family by not one but two. They just brought home a new puppy through the city of Sherman's adopt-a-pet program.

"He's really soft and he's playful," Orgel said. "For $50, you get the rabies vaccination exam and they get spayed and neutered. I think it's a really good deal."

Twice a week, volunteers for Sherman's animal services department host pet adoptions in the parking lot of the Towne Center. But in the city of Denison, no similar programs exist. That's something Natalie Hulsey wants to see change.

"A lot of people in Denison don't even know that there is even a pound," Hulsey said.

Hulsey heads up a newly-formed non-profit organization called the Denison Animal Welfare Group. She says the goal is to increase the profile of the city's pound located in the back of the Morton Street Animal Shelter.

"Unfortunately, the animals, there's not enough space there," Hulsey said.

Since forming the group of volunteers, Hulsey says she's been working with the city to organize an adoption event scheduled for June 7 at the pound.

She's selling clothes, electronics and toys on Saturday to raise money for it. "For kennels, for leashes, food, you know, bowls, anything that we're going to need for adoptions," Hulsey said.

Right now, there are 24 dog kennels at the city pound and about a half-dozen more for puppies and cats.

The Home Depot in Sherman says it's now working with the Denison Animal Welfare Group to help make improvements to the facility and possibly expand, in the long run.

Saturday's "Parking Lot Sale" will be at Joshua's Crossing Church on 691 and FM 1417 in Denison. It runs from 8-3pm.