On February 1st, a meeting is being held by Steve Bates, the director of the animal shelter, to recruit new volunteers to replace the Parker Paws volunteers. He and the shelter management have some measure of CONTROL over volunteers, and I think that’s why he’s try to corral all of us who want to see changes at the shelter into that category.
Here are a few things I’ve heard about how things are done at the shelter.
Steve Bates had a meeting with several Parker Paws volunteers last week. During that meeting, someone mentioned that the Plano shelter could take some of the Weatherford shelter’s dogs. One of the former Parker Paws volunteers said she would drive the dogs to Plano. Steve Bates told her they didn’t need her, that the shelter employees would take the dogs — but he said he wanted to see if this volunteer was a “talker” or a “doer.”
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.”
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.