Bonham Animal Shelter in need of donations

By: Nicolette Schleisman Email
By: Nicolette Schleisman Email

BONHAM, TX -- Bonham's Animal Shelter operates solely on donations. They use much of that money to pay for vaccines.

And since the Department of State Health Services reports rabies cases in Texas were up by 30% last year. They need all the help they can get.

"If they need medical treatment, we get together and try to get donations for things like that and we also work up here at the shelter giving them medical care," said Tashia Knowles, a volunteer.

This year, Fannin County has reported at least one rabid skunk so has grayson county.

So the shelter is focused on getting these animals the care they need, to keep them safe.

"That's what we do, we try to work together. Our main priority of our group is the animal's welfare," said Knowles.

Bonham resident Linda Kirkpartick donated $50,000 to help build the shelter which opened it's doors in May 2012 to help with the overwhelming stray animal problem.

"We worked with Fannin County for a long time and they tried and tried to put together a coalition that would make it possible for them to operate the shelter. And they just found that for the county itself, it was too expensive to do. And so time was running out, we needed to get something done, so we built a shelter," said Roy Floyd, Mayor of Bonham.

"We've always had a shelter in Bonham, we used to call it a dog pound. But we operated under ordinance. For the city charter, and city ordinance require the police department to be responsible for animal control in the City of Bonham," said Chief Mike Bankston of the Bonham Police Department.

The Bonham Police Department runs the shelter with the help of 16 volunteers like, Tashia Knowles.

"I just feel like I'm giving back to them. Everything that they give to me, I'm giving back. And they continually give you love and affection. They just relax you and make you feel good. And I want to make sure they feel good," said Knowles.

If you want to make a donation to the shelter or want to volunteer, contact the Bonham Police Department at (903)


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  • by Ignorance on Jul 28, 2012 at 08:36 AM
    This is asking for donations from people that can and will! If you are not willing or can then SHUT UP and get some business!
  • by Marsha Location: Durant on Jul 14, 2012 at 09:10 AM
    I feel that it is not my fault that people can not take care of their pets I have 3 dogs and I feed them and I have paid the expense to have them fixed and to keep their medical upkeep and all 3 dogs were dropped off at me house I understand that there is donations needed however people need to stop out and look at the world today children are going hungry and people don't have jobs if you ask for assistance from the state it is like pulling teeth so please tell me is there a way to make sure that no one is left behind including pets?????????
  • by high horse on Jul 13, 2012 at 09:49 AM
    Two reported problems, one solution to both. Food pantries empty, animal shelters full. (pause) You know where I'm going with this? Too soon? Four more years and you may react differently. But seriously, it just shows how far removed from reality we are as a culture that we spend billions to house or dispose of unwanted potential sources of protein while we spend billions to provide people with needed protein. You'd gladly eat the grilled extremities of a cows digestive system wrapped in a hot dog but are repulsed at the thought of eating hot dog. That's OK, the trend will get you there, eventually.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2012 at 11:34 AM in reply to high horse
      Oh, baloney....
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        by Tripod on Jul 13, 2012 at 04:03 PM in reply to
        Yummy dog legs! oh,yea.Do we feed the dogs or the people?........PEOPLE.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2012 at 08:40 PM in reply to
        Baloney is just a rolled out hot dog.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2012 at 07:46 AM
    Correct me if I'm wrong. The overwhelming stray problem has not been solved. I respectfully submit there will never be enough donated funds and volunteers to solve the overwhelming stray problem. Vet care is overwhelmingly expensive. The best solution for overwhelming stray problems is rapid and cheap euthanasia. Like to many other problems, education doesn't work! Ignorance can be fixed. Not so for irresponsibility.
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      by Texoma Republican on Jul 13, 2012 at 10:51 AM in reply to
      You mean euthanize the ignorant and irresponsible humans that creat this overwhelming stray problem, right? Or have I misunderstood?
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        by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2012 at 06:57 PM in reply to Texoma Republican
        Doesn't matter what the subject is. Just by your name, it's obvious you don't understand anything.
  • by Texoma Republican on Jul 13, 2012 at 05:29 AM
    I'm tired of these animals always looking for handouts! If they need food and medicine they can get jobs and earn their own way! Heck, there wouldn't be so many unwanted animals if those lazy liberals would spay and neuter their pets!
  • by animl lover Location: Sherman on Jul 12, 2012 at 09:57 PM
    Don't forget about donating to arfhouse.com in Grayson county.....over 300 dogs in a no kill environment and they rely on donations only as well!!
  • by Pat Ward Location: Fannin County, TX on Jul 12, 2012 at 08:55 PM
    What you failed to note is that the volunteers are pooling their grocery money, some working odd jobs, to pay for services that the City of Bonham is not providing to save the lives of the pets that are unfortunate enough to be incarcerated in the pound. They, the volunteers, are heroes. Their adoption rate is impressive and the love and care they offer the terrified lost, abandoned and abused pets in the cages and cells is often the last kindness they experience before they are euthanized if they are not adopted. The volunteers have made a tremendous improvement in the operation of the Bonham dog pound.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2012 at 03:10 AM in reply to Pat Ward
      Gosh Pat, I hope you are not implying that the City should be providing any service other than keeping these animals off the streets. Also, if these people are pooling grocery money to provide for these animals, some effort should be made to open their eyes to the fact that human food banks are empty!
  • by S Location: sherman, tx on Jul 12, 2012 at 07:49 PM
    is this a no-kill shelter??
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