If you visit Collin County Animal Services Facebook page, you will see them boasting off save rates for the first quarter in the 90% and above. That’s great right?
The only problem is the shelter has for the most part stopped killing adoptable animals, but have yet to implement the other much needed programs in order to ensure these animals are not being “warehoused” at the shelter, waiting for a non profit rescue group to have room to take them because the bottom line is folks, adoptions are still terribly low.
What are the missing puzzle pieces? The army of volunteers needed?, A vet on staff?, More staff in general?, Aggressive marketing to the community?, Public Relations?, More donations?, More funding from cities contracted?, More signs leading the public to the shelter’s hard to find or “hidden” location?, Community involvement?, Frequent offsite adoption events to bring the animals to the people….since clearly the people are not coming to the shelter? We firmly believe ALL OF THE ABOVE!
Monday, May 21,2012 marked a tragic day for the shelter, staff, volunteers and the unfortunate animals that were killed for their kennel space. The shelter has been overcrowded for months, with animals becoming sick due to air systems not working properly, becoming “cage crazy” from being locked up in cages 24/7 for up to months at a time because there is no where near enough staff or volunteers to ensure dogs are walked and the shelter has no designated area to exercise them. The shelter is planning more killing this week due to overcrowding in spite of the 3 day Memorial Day weekend offsite adoption event planned for the upcoming holiday weekend, simply due to low adoptions, even the rescue groups are struggling so they cannot help as many and there is no end in sight to the animals coming in.
Collin County Citizens support is needed, and I hope each and every one of you reading this blog will “Paw it Forward” if you will. If you cannot adopt, maybe you can volunteer? No time, maybe you can donate? The economy got you down, maybe you can simply talk to your city and county leaders about supporting this shelter at the capacity needed? We are begging you please, support your community!
Please don’t miss the Memorial Day Adoption event this weekend, adoption specials as low as $30, even lower if you happen to be a veteran, police officer, fire fighter, or currently serving our great nation. After all, that is what this weekend is about. Remembering those who gave the greatest gift, their life, for our freedoms.