It is uncertain when the City of Weatherford first began addressing the animal control problem, but some of the earliest confirmations date to the 1960’s. The first documented impound facility was located at the landfill and consisted of three run down stock pens that had been boarded up to hold impounded dogs. There was no formal adoption process.
In 1970, the pens were moved from the landfill and were somewhat improved; however, it consisted of nothing more than a three-sided metal cover with a cyclone fence. In 1984, Weatherford built its first actual building which contained 15 kennels. The building was fabricated concrete. However, there was no hot water or air conditioning in the facilities.
By 1989, the facility had deteriorated considerably. The adoption rate was less than 10% that fiscal year. The new shelter supervisor was concerned about the shelter and the welfare of the animals. A group of citizens formed an association chartered as Friends for Animals. The shelter was temporarily closed and Friends for Animals began raising funds for the renovation process. Enough was raised for a new floor, re-conditioned kennels, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, as well as for landscaping.
From July 1990 to September 1990, the existing shelter was completely renovated. Friends for Animals then contracted to operate the facility for the next two years. Adoption rates rose substantially. Spaying and neutering was required within 30 days of adoption and all animals were wormed, dipped and given parvo shots. Friends for Animals did an outstanding job of improving and operating the facility as well as educating the public and drawing attention to animal welfare issues. This was a catalyst for the future changes. From that point on, the City and the citizens of Weatherford and Parker County have sought ways to improve and expand the services both to the animals cared for at the shelter and the citizens it serves.
In the year 2000, the City of Weatherford and Parker County entered into an agreement to operate a combined City/County shelter that would serve not only the City of Weatherford, but also the unincorporated areas of the county. The shelter became the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter (WPCAS). Through this combined effort, 48 additional kennels were constructed along with a new office.
Over the next 5 years, the shelter quickly maxed out its capacity to care for the animals coming into it. With Parker County being the extremely generous and giving community it is, a few local individuals decided it was time to raise funds to expand the shelter capacity and increase the standards of care at WPCAS. A new adoption center and two new kennels were constructed in 2008. This added approximately 42 large dog runs as well as some cat and puppy adoption cages. This brought our capacity to approximately 119.
Since 2008, the shelter continued to expand cages while the facilities have not increased. As of January 2016, the shelter has a total of 181 cages (67 cat cages and 114 dog cages) and intake continues to rise.