Rhonda McLendon, the newly hired animal shelter manager, had nothing but good news to share last week, in her first report to Pflugerville City Council.
McLendon comes to Pflugerville from Lufkin, where she spent 25 years working in city government. She started her career as a police dispatcher, and for the last 10 years she has been the animal control director for Lufkin.
“I grew up wanting to be a vet,” McLendon said. “I am a public servant at heart. Animal control is really perfect for me because I care about people. I want to serve and I love animals. So I am excited and am very honored to be able to serve the city of Pflugerville.”
McLendon told council members that one of the most recent improvements to the shelter is a cat adoption area, which can house 30 to 40 cats. There is also a medical and quarantine area to help keep disease transmissions between animals down.
The cat adoption area is a renovated part of the old fleet building and $45,000 was used to update that area, she added. The renovations all were completed on budget by the police department and four outside vendors.
Another new purchase for the animal shelter is a $29,000 adoption trailer that will be used for large-scale adoption events and emergency management purposes, McLendon said.