Close animal shelter on Mondays
June 23, 2010 at 1:23 a.m.
Editor, the Advocate
There seems to be confusion about the Victoria Animal Control Shelter hours that were approved by the Victoria Commissioners Court recently. A proposal was made by Pets Are Worth Saving to open the shelter on Saturday and close on Monday. The court approved opening on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. for a one-month trial basis.
This was not what PAWS was proposing.
We wanted the shelter to open on Saturday and close on Monday. This would incur no increase in operating costs except for the first week when they would have a six-day work week. Thereafter, the hours would remain the same for Tuesday through Saturday. Opening from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Saturday goes against their regular daily operating hours of opening. Had they opened at 10 a.m., as usual, then the staff would have had time to clean up and feed the animals before letting people in to view possible adoptable animals.
I thank the commissioners court for hearing our plea; however, I feel that this particular change is doomed to defeat. In my view, opening on Saturday and closing on Monday would give the employees a day off on the weekend and day off during the week to take care of personal needs. Also, as stated, it would give citizens additional time to either adopt or find their lost animal.
By working for change, I hope the citizens understand that PAWS is trying to save some of the 4,000 animals gassed each year. On a five-day work week, that equals about 15 gassed per day. I understand that two commissioners viewed a gassing; however, only a small number of animals were placed in the cage, which does not give a true picture of how it is normally done when the cage is stuffed full of animals. They do suffer regardless of what we have been led to believe!
PAWS would like to find homes for all the animals at the animal control facility. While this is not possible, we would then like to see a more humane manner of killing them by changing to lethal injection. Better yet, we need to work toward a no-kill shelter, which is certainly possible because it is working in many other communities. For more than 25 years, PAWS has been working to make changes, and nothing will be done unless we have the support of the citizens in Victoria and other counties. Now that we have sympathetic ears on the commissioners court, we must work together to make the changes so that each animal deserves and gets a loving forever home.
Jerry McCaskill, Victoria