There’s a scenic, two-acre corner of The Cannery District in downtown Lindale that is going to the dogs, and that’s a good thing.
A new dog park and dog adoption center will be located in the northeast section of the retail and entertainment district, thanks to the efforts of Chad Franke, owner of The Cannery District, Greater Good.org’s Rescue Rebuild and Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation.
Things got moving – literally – this past week when a century-old house, which will eventually be a dog adoption center, was moved to its permanent location in the middle of what will become the dog park.
Work is currently under way on the dog park and adoption house, and the public is invited to get involved by volunteering in the actual work or by making a cash donation to help defray costs for materials.
The house was purchased by The Cannery and donated to the cause.
“Because of our love for the Lambert family and Miranda’s MuttNation Foundation, we knew immediately that we wanted to be a part of this project,’’ Franke said. “Donating this house was The Cannery Lindale’s way of supporting such a worthy cause in our hometown.’’
Lambert’s father Rick was on hand (along with his rescue dog Roadie) to observe the house being moved.
“This is going to be the diamond in the ring of Lindale,’’ he said. “We intend on making this a social place not just for dogs but for humans as well.’’
Lambert noted that when The Cannery was in the planning stages, it was going to be necessary to offer amenities favored by millennials. Dog parks, along with walking trails (already in place just to the south of where the dog park will be) entertainment venues and restaurants are key elements in attracting new families to Lindale.
The Pink Pistol, which was the first business to move to The Cannery, is owned and operated by the Lamberts. He said the dog park has provided a different kind of thrill.
“I’m more excited about this than when I’ve opened a business,’’ he said.
The design of the adoption house will follow a railroad theme, since rail cars used to stop in approximately the same location to load and unload fruit and vegetables at the cannery decades earlier.
Tyler Junior College’s North Campus, located just across the parking lot from the dog park, will also be involved by donating its Vet Tech services and by helping the dogs in the adoption house become inside dogs.
Lindale city officials have also gotten on board with the project. Phase one of the dog park/adoption house will be completed in the coming weeks and Phase Two will be finished in the spring after a matching state grant is secured.
City Manager Carolyn Caldwell was also on hand for the house moving activities. She noted that the adoption house will help ease one of the city’s ongoing burdens with strays.
“This is certainly going to help with our stray dog problem,’’ she said. “People don’t realize that we handle more than 370 stray dogs a year.’’
Franke echoed those sentiments.
“The Cannery Lindale is excited to be a part of this worthwhile endeavor to keep strays off the streets and to provide a place for our local citizens to have a safe place to take their dogs, where they can run and play in safety,’’ he said. “The new adoption center will provide Lindale with a centralized location for finding homes for deserving pets.’’
According to information from its web site, Greater Good.org “supports thousands of shelters and rescue groups all over the world through the various programs aimed at improving the lives of homeless pets as well as the lives of shelter workers and volunteers. Rescue Rebuild is a community-driving volunteer program of GreaterGood.org that works to rebuild, repair and renovate animal shelters and rescues in need.’’