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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS - Misty Clark, the city’s animal control officer, is doing more than her daily duty of picking up stray dogs and cats.

After retiring from the U.S. Postal Service, Clark joined the City of Ferris as their city secretary, but after a few months she noticed the position of animal control officer was still available and decided to give it a try.

Immediately, Clark realized she was the perfect person for this job.

"I love what I do," Clark said.

After a short period of volunteering, Clark was hired on as a salaried employee. Since June, Clark has been rescuing dogs and cats throughout Ferris and adopting them out through Craigslist, a popular classifieds Web site.

After Clark rescues a stray from the streets of Ferris, they stay at the city’s animal shelter, where they are fed, walked and bathed.

After a certain period of going unclaimed, Misty will post an ad on Craigslist with a brief description of the animal and for a $40 adoption fee, will include money for any vet bills and puppy shots they received.

Clark requires an application along with a personal screening to make sure the family and the animal are right for each other.

As part of the adoption agreement, all dogs and cats must be spayed or neutered within 60 days from the adoption date and proof must be sent to Clark.

Since taking over as animal control officer, Clark has adopted out over 70 dogs and cats.

"I have had people come from over an hour away to adopt an animal," Clark said.

Not only is Clark providing a wonderful service for the City of Ferris, but she is helping save many lives of stray animals that would have otherwise been put to sleep.

All the money spent by Clark out of the city’s budget is not only completely returned with the adoption fee, it is also spent wisely, Clark said, and put to the best use possible by her.

Contact Clark at Misty@mytocn.com for animals currently available for adoption,. If you would like to make a donation to the adoption service, please call 972-877-1210.

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