Corinne T. Smith Animal Center Hires Braston Gray as Director

The Corinne T. Smith Animal Center has announced the hiring of Braston Gray, a Brownwood native who has worked in Lubbock for several years, as its new director.

Gray replaces Leona Cleveland as director of the animal center in Brownwood.

The center said in a press release:

The Corinne T. Smith Animal Center (CTSAC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Braston Gray as the new director of the shelter. Born and raised in the Brownwood area, Gray returns to Brownwood after several years working for Lubbock Animal Services.

Gray was one of two finalists selected by the Shelter Manager Search Committee, made up of CTSAC board members and City Manager Emily Crawford. All members of the jury met and interviewed the two finalists before making a decision.

Gray rose through the ranks at Lubbock Animal Services, performing everything from field animal control duties and working with center animals to assisting customers and assisting with the medical treatment of animals entrusted to the Service.

He was a member of the team that facilitated the transition of Lubbock Animal Services from a shelter with a high euthanasia rate to one that now uses public education, rescue partners and other innovations to achieve a lifetime release rate that many Lubbock residents thought was impossible only a few years ago.

The board members look forward to working with Gray and helping him implement some of his ideas for the shelter and for the animals in Brown County.

During a recent tour of the shelter, he already pointed out areas that could be used more efficiently and small changes that would improve working conditions for staff. He also spoke to shelter officials about ways to help the shelter meet community needs and improve the lives of animals cared for at the shelter.

Gray brings knowledge and enthusiasm the shelter has never seen before, and it will be exciting to see what he can accomplish, the press release said.

For more information about the Corinne T. Smith Animal Center, visit the shelter’s website at or their Facebook page

Benjamin M. Yerger