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City and Partners Purchase Animal Transport Van for use at City of Jasper Animal Care and Control Center

WJLX Local News is provided by the Daily Mountain Eagle

Jasper, AL Partnership has been the catchphrase that underlines the progress and positive results related to the new Jasper Animal Care and Control operations downtown. Since beginning to work under the direction of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society the improvements have continued to come for the local animal shelter.

Monday, May 17th marked another banner day as the City of Jasper and Walker Area Community Foundation handed over the keys to a new 2020 Ford Transit-250 cargo van to be used for animal transport by the shelter.  

This is something that makes me very proud and very happy,” said Mayor David O’Mary. “I am an advocate of animal care and a supporter of these programs. I am so pleased that our city is in the position to purchase a vehicle like this for our animal shelter.”  The Mayor went on to say, “I can’t express the appreciation I have for our partners at Walker Area Community Foundation. Their gifts and support make things like this happen in our community every day.” City Clerk and CFO, Kathy Chambless added, “The Jasper Animal Shelter badly needed safe and reliable transportation for its shelter animals. The Community Foundation partnered with the City to provide the funding and GBHS dedicated staff to drive the van to its treatment facilities. It is great to see organizations join hands to resolve community problems.” 

Walker Area Community Foundation President Paul Kennedy was on hand as the keys were given to Animal Care Technician Lacey Jones-Bonham.  Kennedy was happy to be part of the team assisting the animal shelter, “The Walker Area Community Foundation has at its core the mission to create opportunities for greatness, not only for nonprofits, municipalities, and schools but also for the individuals living, working, and playing throughout our communities. Through this type of partnership, the Foundation is able to be a part of helping the community. This van is a great asset for the animal shelter and those who work here. We are very pleased to be a part of the purchase and the further enhancement of the Jasper Animal Shelter.” 

Jasper Animal Shelter Manager Lindsey Cross commented, “One great thing about having a new vehicle to transport our animals in is that it is much safer to drive on the interstate for the driver and our animals. It has better ventilation for airflow, making it a more comfortable ride as well.” She is joined in the photo by Animal Care Technician Lacey Jones-Bonham. “Lacey is the lady accepting the keys. She is an Animal Care Technician and the transport driver who takes the animals to our shelter Vet every week for spay/neuters.” 

For information on how you can adopt pets, or volunteer to help the Jasper Animal Care and Control offices, call 205-221-6621.