by Judith Fairly –
When I read about the crisis at the animal shelter back in January,I called City Manager Jerry Blaisdell and Steve Bates, who was then Director of the shelter. I asked what I could do to help. Both of them advised me to become a shelter volunteer.
That was almost 3 months ago. In the interim, the volunteer program was abruptly canceled. Rescue groups were told they couldn’t photograph animals at the shelter in order to network them. Volunteers who have given generous amounts of their time and money over the past six years were no longer welcome.
By Lenny Leatherman –
Why has virtually everyone associated with the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter, including Veterinarians and volunteers walked away in disgust?
Or, is it due to callous and or incompetent management at the “shelter” AND management at higher levels in City Government?
How long should the citizens of Parker County who care deeply about the care and treatment of helpless animals, wait for the hostile working environment at the shelter to improve to an acceptable level for all concerned – including the animals?
More distressing news, especially for the animals left behind at the shelter…
From The Weatherford Telegram, By Lance Winter, Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 –
It appears that the relationship between Parker Paws and the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter has taken another turn and this time for the worse.
An e-mail sent to the Weatherford Telegram on Thursday said the non-profit organization, which has provided volunteer services and other programs to benefit the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter for four years, is “changing their focus.”