By Michelle Kays, April 29,2012 – If you were at Weatherford Blooms on Saturday you may have seen the adoption trailer there filled with pets looking for homes. If you were there at the end of the day you saw an empty trailer. Yes, that’s right, over 12 pets found new homes that day. Animals, that before, would have ended up as garbage in our shelter dumpster. But now these pets have families to care for them. Our shelter, under the direction of interim manager Dustin Deel, is improving every day. With help from Elyse Carter and another shelter employee, they achieved a wonderful thing that day.
They will be the first to tell you it was hard work. But I bet they will tell you it was worth it. Nothing compares to the satisfaction of knowing you made a difference in a life. Just a few small changes and our shelter is already showing improvements. Instead of parking an empty trailer at First Monday once a month, they are loading it up and taking it to events. Advertising our shelter instead of hoping people stay away because it causes the shelter staff more work, discount fees for residents, lowered fees for rescues, allowing volunteers to come and photograph dogs and network them. And lastly, working with a shelter manager that values a life and will work hard to see that life get a chance instead of making excuses on why it won’t work. We celebrate their achievements and are excited about the direction our shelter is going. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t still a lot of work to be done, but we are making strides. The proof is there.