Fort Bend PAWS donates $10,000 to county

Fort Bend PAWS donated $10,000 to the Fort Bend County Animal Services for ringworm treatment and other prevention programs for the animal shelter. Pictured are PAWS board member Ray Aguilar, Fort Bend County Precinct 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales, Animal Services Director Rene Vasquez, Fort Bend County Precinct 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage, Fort Bend County Judge KP George, Animal Services Community Involvement Coordinator Barbara Vass, Animal Services staff A.J. Rios, Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers, Fort Bend County Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken DeMerchant, Dr. Stephanie Ginestra and PAWS board member Dr. Tracey Deiss.

Fort Bend County received a donation from the local animal advocacy group Fort Bend PAWS in the amount of $10,000 towards the animal services shelter.

The donation, which is the spirit of Valentine’s Day, will be used for heartworm treatment and prevention programs for the pets at the shelter.

Fort Bend PAWS, which is an acronym for Pets Are Worth Saving, is a group that was started by Fort Bend County Precinct 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales.

“This donation would go to the treatment and prevention for about 15,000 pounds, which equates to 2,100 dogs,” Morales said.

“That will take up for much of the intake for the calendar year. So that’s a huge savings for us as taxpayers and it provides for the other animals in the shelter as well.”

Commissioners also on Tuesday approved to set up a residual fund, with all fees collected for reimbursement of information technology services provided to the public and to other jurisdictions, to be used for cyber security and enhanced information technology services for the county.

“As a former software engineer, I know about the daily threats in the cyber world,” Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken DeMerchant said. “From hacking to phishing to election security, we must protect Fort Bend County from these threats.

“Feb. 11 is Safer Internet Day, and what better way for us to acknowledge this day than for use to provide the necessary enhancements to our cyber security.”

Commissioners also approved an agreement between the county,

Fort Bend Seniors, Meals on Wheels & Much, Much More for $10,000 to provide meals and programs at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center, located at 1330 Band Road in Rosenberg.

The agreement provides one hot meal that meets 1/3 of the recommended daily allowance of nutrients required by adults for at least five days a week for senior citizens who participate in activities in Fort Bend County.

It also provides nutrition education and an opportunity to interact socially with other seniors.

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