Good morning to all involved in the operation of the Missouri City Animal Shelter:
I am writing to you as a resident of Missouri City, a shelter volunteer and a longtime rescuer, foster and adopter of dogs and cats.
Will you please answer my questions concerning events at the animal shelter?
- Why did the city decide to confiscate all the animal meds, which were purchased, not by the city, but by the volunteers and residents of the city?
- Why have the OTC meds not been returned to the shelter?
- Why are you not heartworm testing the dogs?
- Why have you limited the volunteers’ hours? At one point we were told the volunteers could not be in the shelter without a city employee present but now there is a full time person on site. What is your current reasoning?
- Why are you turning away a dedicated volunteer photographer? She has been making beautiful portraits of the dogs and cats for years. She works full time and has a family but still has made time to go to the shelter on Sundays to photograph and post her pictures. Her work has helped many animals find forever homes. (I have a family member who fell in love with a puppy she saw on line and dashed to the shelter to adopt him. Just one story of many.) Why, all of a sudden, are volunteers not allowed in the shelter on Sundays?
I understand you are planning to have a city employee post pictures but, with all due respect, no one there has the talent or dedication to this task as does our volunteer.
- About the Animal Advisory Board: Information about board meetings was requested through the Freedom of Information Act. No information was released. I believe we are entitled to the minutes of those meetings and request you release all from 2015 and 2016.
- Will you please state your goals for the animal shelter? Are you all planning to move toward a no-kill environment, as our enlightened neighboring cities are doing, or are our city officials going to return to the days of killing stray animals and those with treatable illnesses?
And finally, thanks to those few city council members and other individuals who are truly interested in animal welfare.