Fort Bend PAWS, a local nonprofit dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the county’s animal services program, donated $10,000 during the Feb. 4 Commissioners Court meeting.

The donation, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, is meant for heartworm treatment and prevention for pets in care at the shelter.

“This donation of $10,000 will provide treatment and preventative [care] for about 15,000 pounds, which equates to about 2,100 dogs,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales said during the meeting. “That will pretty much take care of the intake that we have for the calendar year. That is huge savings for us as taxpayers, and it also provides for our animals in the shelter as well.”

The motion to accept the donation passed unanimously among the court. Members with Fort Bend PAWS and Fort Bend County Animal Services, along with a 5-year-old dog up for adoption, attended the meeting to present the donation to the county.

Fort Bend County Animal Services consistently operates at or over capacity and relies solely on community members to adopt, rescue and foster animals. Learn more about Fort Bend PAWS at, and learn more about Fort Bend County Animal Services at