Recent donations to the Public Animal Welfare Society, or P.A.W.S, have gone to buy four of the 10 needed self-watering bowls for Bridge City’s animal shelter; as the society continues to seek support to improve conditions.

Donations are needed to purchase the other six watering bowls as well as a Rubbermaid storage cabinet. There is also a need for 55 gallons of bleach, estimated to be a year’s supply for sterilization at the shelter. The shelter also needs an electric power washer for clean-up use, a small window air conditioner and a computer, according to society members.

The shelter is listed on the Web site “Petfinder,” netting contacts from outside the Southeast Texas area. Animal Control Officer Stacey Snell said the site recently got the attention of a man from Dallas. “He found a dog that he liked and drove from Dallas to Bridge City and made the adoption,” Snell said.

Recently the society assisted in the adoption of six dogs set to be euthanized when their confinement time ended. “Fosterers” not only help save an animal but get a lifelong friend in the process. Another need is for good used bricks or cinder blocks to partition off runs at the kennels. This would isolate dogs from direct contact and help stop the spread of diseases such as parvo.

P.A.W.S will host a benefit car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21, featuring a performance by Three-Legged Dawg. Location details will be announced later.

For more information, or to donate, call P.A.W.S. president Tracy Miguez at 988-8295.