The Marshall, Texas, animal shelter is making progress toward getting what some are calling a much-needed shelter.
The city has a plot of land adjacent to the city arena designated for a new shelter, spokeswoman Kelly Colvin said.
The city also has $400,000 set aside to go toward the new shelter, she added.
The city is in the designing and planning process for the shelter and hoping to break ground sometime this year.
"The goal there is to do ahead and open a functional facility but have room for expansion so we can expand as needed," Colvin said.
The shelter also is getting help from Friends of Marshall Animals, a group whose members volunteer at the shelter and help raise money.
"The money that we're raising isn't to build a shelter," member Amanda Smith said.
"It's to equip. to support the programs and so forth after it's built. To furnish it, or whatever it needs to be the most effective."
The group will put on a Casino fundraiser Saturday at Central Perks in downtown Marshall.
Other than attending fundraising events, people who want to help can volunteer to foster animals.
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