Parker Paws seeks solutions while City Officials justifiy failure

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Sadly, city officials continue to play shell games with personnel and become even more proficient at their evade and elude tactics!

The following is a response to a post submitted by “Informed Citizen”, an individual who seems to think all is well at the shelter. Judith’s response  contains excellent examples of the disgraceful actions by those charged with the responsibility of maintaining a humane animal “shelter” in our community:

Everything I have written about has been verified by one, and often two, people with first-hand knowledge of the situation. Not hearsay, not rumor. Nothing I’ve written contradicts those facts, and no one in the City’s employ has ever disputed any of this. And, unlike you, I’ve put my name on my posts.

And nothing has been “disproven” — the City has changed its story numerous times about what happened when those puppies were killed before Christmas. I say “killed” because they were healthy, adoptable animals and not sick or afflicted with behavioral problems that made them unadoptable. I don’t understand why you and Judy Webster keep making distinctions about whether they were “puppies” or “dogs” — as if killing puppies is worse than killing dogs. When a shelter manager is charged with caring for homeless animals and she chooses to kill any of them to exact revenge, to assert authority, or because she’s become so hardened by too many years on the job that she doesn’t see the value in each of their lives, then she is unfit for the job.

Back in January, the City Manager told us that the dogs and puppies (is that better?) were killed to make room for animals being shipped to the shelter from Poolville. People located those records and discovered that wasn’t the case. Then the City told us that some of them were “sick.” Then there was some mumbling about them being sent to the PetSmart adoptions in Fort Worth. Honestly, I’ve lost track of all the excuses. At the latest City Council meeting, they trotted out a new excuse about health regulations — if that were the case, why is this the first we’ve heard of it, three months later??

If anyone should be ashamed, it’s apologists like you who make excuses for killing puppies (and dogs) when there are alternatives and cloak their identity behind a mask of anonymity.

The question is, where are you getting YOUR so-called “facts”?

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  1. Wanted to share this letter to the editor….it was very well said! Please continue to support this WONDERFUL non profit group! Those interested in learning more about going No Kil, Be sure you pick up and read the book she suggests. Lee Ann Adams

    Friday, Apr. 20, 2012
    Dear Editor,

    As a volunteer at the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter, I have provided countless hours of help for both the staff and the pets at the shelter. I believe it has been of value and resulted in improved care for the animals and increased adoptions. Establishing the volunteer group Parker Paws was a great opportunity for others passionate about the animals to also donate their time and money. The outpouring of support from the community was incredible, as evidenced by the nearly daily donations of supplies for the shelter. The shelter also had adopters drive from all over the Dallas/Fort Worth area due to our networking of the pets online.

    Notwithstanding my years of contributions to the shelter, my efforts were met with resistance. The increased activity at the shelter by volunteers and the public also brought an increase in attention to the shelter operations. I hope that the result of recent scrutiny brings honest appraisal and increased awareness for the care and promotion of shelter pets. I have continued to offer my assistance for pets in need and have learned of new strategies to address the challenges faced by shelters. If anyone would like to learn more about this perspective, it is eloquently stated in Nathan Winograd’s book (referenced below).

    “To get a community on track requires a spark – sometimes borne of anger, other times of compassion, most of the time from a combination of the two – which can ignite the fire of change.” Nathan Winograd, Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America.

    Barbara Pursley

    President, Parker Paws

    Read more here:

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