Rush Limbaugh often says, “It’s not what they say, it’s what they do that matters”. City and County officials may ‘say’ all the right things, but what are they actually doing at the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter that will create and sustain a cordial and productive working environment for both staff and volunteers?
My perception as an observer from the outside looking in, and after talking to many volunteers, is that the volunteers are frustrated and sickened by all the needless killing of adoptable pets, and that they routinely experience interference by the ACO with their efforts to rescue helpless animals and move them to safer environments.
How many other pet loving tax payers have formed the same opinion due to the ‘all talk – no action’ “leadership” of city officials?
Do you think an audit of the animal shelter by an independent agency should be conducted –
Do you have first-hand experience involving the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter that causes you to believe an audit is warranted?
Could an audit be used to confirm an acceptable level of accountability as well as exposure of any possible wrongdoing?
What do you think? Speak up – it’s your taxes!
By Stephanie “Parker County Taxpayer” Wright –
Having fostered and re-homed over 30 wonderful dogs from the shelter and as a tax payer I am ashamed and sickened at what is taking place at this shelter. Plain and simple it has been a power struggle between an ACO who has a god complex and volunteers who work countless and thankless hours giving of their hearts, souls and pocketbooks even though they have already paid once with their tax dollars.
Wherever there is corruption and control issues, the only way to clean it up is to clean house. Many of the pets I have fostered were on the euth list and the ACO practically snarled at me as I took them home to work with them and bring them back from the brink of death and they became wonderful loving and loyal pets for families all over the DFW metroplex area. We had people driving from Dallas, Lubbock, Abilene adopting from our shelter and from our foster homes because of the great reputation we had gained.
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.”
From Weatherford Democrat, by Sally Sexton (CNHI), January 24, 2012 –
PARKER COUNTY — Parker Paws has canceled at least one low-cost spay and neuter clinic, according to a post on Facebook, provoking even more questions regarding the relationship between the non-profit organization and the Weatherford/Parker County animal shelter.
“Today’s clinic was canceled due to the vet, Dr. Pamela Kaiser, no longer working for the city,” said Parker Paws president Barbara Pursley via email. “Parker Paws’ low-cost clinics at the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter are being suspended. I’m not at liberty to discuss changes made by the city regarding vet services at the shelter for our low-cost clinics, but because of these changes, we’re not sure how long the suspension will last.” Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
*** UPDATE ***
From Parker Paws –
Unfortunately we must cancel the low-cost spay/neuter clinic scheduled for this Monday, January 23. We will not have the low-cost vaccination clinic that date, either. Our clinics at the Weatherford shelter are being suspended and we will inform you when we’re able to resume them. Everyone with appts for Monday will be notified and we’ll keep the names/numbers if they’d like us to keep them informed of upcoming appts.
Is it true that 30+ puppies were ready for adoption when they became victims of euthanasia at the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter? Read the following comments and I believe you will agree that the death of these and many other animals was completely unnecessary. I believe compassion and cooperation would go a long way toward humane treatment of these helpless victims.
The following are first hand accounts of conditions and treatment of animals at the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter:
Here are a few examples:
Each month hundreds of animals enter the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter. Parker Paws was created by community volunteers to help support these animals.
Our goal is simple and humane: We work to increase pet adoptions and improve the quality of life for the animals in the shelter. This is done by taking pets to offsite adoption events in the community, maintaining our Petfinder.com site so that potential adopters can learn of our pets, socializing and grooming the shelter animals, providing public animal welfare education, fostering pets that are too young for adoption and/or need more time before being adopted, and raising funds for items needed at the shelter.