Is it true that Dr. Kaiser, Vet from the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter resigned from her position? Why?
by Lee Ann Adams, January 22, 2012 –
Those with passion and dedication to volunteering in the past, at this shelter have been silenced for years to avoid as much conflict as possible with shelter staff management. At this point, what do these volunteers have to lose? Nothing. This is why they are writing and calling those in charge asking for change. There seems to be one common denominator in many issues that needs addressed. When you have one person given power and control and no accountability to the decisions made, this is what you get. It is obvious that those in power to make changes either do not care or do not think they are doing a bad job.
Those in position (reporters) to educate the public are not telling the whole story. Over the years I have read lots of wonderful stories written about the shelter and primarily the good works of Parker Paws, however NO ONE has ever written the ugly side to this story. All the killing. The mass numbers of animals put down at this shelter monthly are astonishing, but nobody reports on that. Why? Because it doesn’t make readers feel good, I guess. Until the eyes of the public are opened and people begin to CARE about these lost and abandoned animals, volunteers and those passionate about making positive change will continue to hit their heads against brick walls because these numbers are so outrageous.
We are so far from even being able to consider discussing “no kill” options with the intake and output numbers at this shelter. For instance, I have heard that while Parker Paws was there making a “pawsitive” difference only 1 in 10 dogs got out alive due to adoptions, fosters or rescues or owner reclaims. 1 out of 10. Without the work of volunteers and or Parker Paws, who knows how that number will change, it certainly won’t get better. So how can those numbers be changed? First off, by educating the public. Many think this shelter is NO KILL. Wrong. Many think Parker Paws gets the animals adopted, well they used to, but not anymore with them not actively able to continue their previous duties. And let people know if they surrender their animal it will most likely be put down. And for long term change, we need to educate the children. I have little hope for the adults who haven’t listened to Bob Barker preach “spay and neuter” for years. The only way we will change the future of this unwanted pet population is to teach kids a better way, because the adults in our society either don’t care or the ones who do care are frustrated trying to make a difference. But if educators will get into elementary and middle schools and teach kids what it is to be a responsible pet owner, then and only then will their be hope for all the unwanted animal population to end.
In the U.S. we have become a throw away society. We treat animals like property that we feel we have the right to sell, give away, dump in the country or toss away like a worn out toy. As long as we have pet sales and impulse buyers without heavy spay and neuter laws and microchipping to punish irresponsible pet owners, we will continue to have a lucrative pet industry of breeders, whether they are back yard inexperienced, puppy mill breeders or top notch AKC pure breds. I have no solution for this. Spay and neuter laws haven’t been effective over the years. City registration and licensing of pets hasn’t been effective. I don’t know what will be effective.
The Weatherford Democrat, in my opinion, does a lot of one sided biased reporting taking up for city officials and defending their actions. The public is continually led to believe “all is well”. The shelter is doing their job well. No they are not, people. Time to wake up and begin to ask questions. There are many avenues improvement can be made. The first of which requires their staff to do some work. Take a photo of EVERY animal that comes in the door regardless of how it comes in and make publicly on a government webpage where all the information is posted publically, so rescuers, networks, adopters, fosters, and those missing pets can look to see if their animal is there without having to drive to the shelter daily to look. Fort Worth Animal Control does this now and Weatherford could follow their lead. It would at least be a good start. Here is their page, as I said, it’s not the best in being able to easily share information in email or through networking sites like facebook, but it’s SOMETHING. http://fortworthtexas.gov/animals/lostdog/
Ok…I suppose I’ve bored you all enough for now….but I am sure I have more to write and will as it comes to mind.
Lee Ann Adams
We encourage Lee Ann and others with factual first hand information concerning this problem, to help inform a concerned public about the issues that demand attention at the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter.
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The following is a summary of my thoughts concerning this issue. If you feel that I am mistaken in my assessment of the “shelter”, please provide documentation showing my error. I will gladly retract my statements – Lenny Leatherman
The first definition of ‘shelter’ in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is: “something that covers or affords protection”.
Would the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter be more appropriately named, if it was referred to as the Weatherford/Parker County Animal euthanasia facility. It certainly doesn’t seem to fit the definition of a “shelter”. Who can say this facility “affords protection” for animals that are so unfortunate as to end up there?
Seventy years ago the SS knew that if Auschwitz-Birkenau, Nazi Germany’s largest concentration camp and extermination camp was going to be successful, they must first, through propaganda, condition the minds of workers to the extent that they considered Jews to be subhuman. Auschwitz had become emblematic of the ‘final solution’ – an efficient method of exterminating the subhuman segment of their envisioned ‘thousand year reign’.
How Nazi – like it seems to have become right here in our own community – that those in control of the ‘animal shelter’ can so callously and with no sign of remorse, routinely put helpless animals to death when there are alternatives. See Facts About The Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter.