Weatherford Opinion

Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

I feel it is important that everyone takes a moment to look at what goes on behind the scenes at the Animal Shelter. So often, the hard work and dedication that the Shelter employees put in is overlooked. This is just a quick opportunity to brag about my staff.

Even though the city offices were closed during the latest winter storm, the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter (WPCAS) still had the very important role of feeding, watering, cleaning up after and caring for the animals in its shelter. To get through the recent storm two shelter employees, Joe Davis and Marcus Reddington, camped out at the City’s Animal Shelter through Monday [Dec. 9] afternoon. On a normal day, it takes three to four kennel technicians a full eight hours of hard work to properly feed, water, clean and care for about 150 animals. This doesn’t take into consideration the 50-cat animal seizure days before the storm. These two Animal Control Officers cared for nearly 200 animals during the storm, putting in 12-15 hours a day. This was in addition to them standing by for any emergency animal calls that the Police Department needed their assistance on.

Proudly, all animals were properly cared for and given blankets and sweaters to keep warm. This could not have been accomplished had it not been for the dedication and caring hearts of the City of Weatherford’s Animal Control Officers. They are truly in the business of saving lives.

Kindest regards,

Dustin Deel