Sherman’s newly renovated Animal Shelter reopened Friday after nine months of construction. The facility was originally constructed in 1990 and this was the first upgrade to it during that time.

Mayor David Plyler explained the purpose of the renovation is to make the shelter more adoption friendly.

“We wanted to update it and make it more user friendly for citizens,” Plyler said. “Make it more open and inviting and also to build future phases maybe for a new adoption center. We own the land up to the highway. So, we could actually build another special adoption center just for that purpose. We’re really excited about that.”

The recent renovations were focused on the main area near the entrance. Walls were removed to open the space and a long counter was added. Colorful graphics and new lighting were also installed on the walls with the intention of using the space to take pictures for Facebook and pet adoption websites.

“We are trying to use social media to our advantage to help find these pets a home,” Plyler said. “Adoption is changing.”

The facility’s adoption trailers were also updated. The trailers are used to attend festivals and other events on the weekends. While renovations were completed, the adoption trailers took on the majority of the responsibility in providing exposure for shelter pets.

Plyler explained the city has goals to assess other facilities throughout the city.

“All across the city, we are taking a look at our facilities and upgrading them,” Plyler said. “It’s an overall program of bringing our facilities up to standards for our citizens. We hope that you’ve seen the recently completed tourism office and the kitchen at the ballroom, which is fantastic. We are really getting to lift our facilities to where they need to be to serve our citizens.”

Sherman City Manager Robby Hefton said Plyler has been an important advocate of the animal shelter renovations. Plyler said the project is somewhat personal for him.

“We were pleased to be able to put aside some money for this project,” Plyler said. “I am not only the mayor but I am also a customer here. We have three dogs from here, currently. We were going to foster a few animals but fostering turned into welcoming them to our home. We really enjoy our dogs.”