Saturday, April 3, 2010

props to Joe Skenesky and the staff at Carrollton Animal Services

From, some good news for a change:

THIRD WEEK OF NO EUTHANASIA IN CARROLLTON: All week Joe Skenesky and the folks at the Carrollton Animal Services shelter have been dispatching e-mails updating the progress of adoptions and rescues. Yesterday, Joe sent this note: “Another great week, all of the animals have been either adopted or rescued. This makes 3 weeks in a row we have not had to euthanize. I thank you and the animals thank you for all of the hard work everyone has done to help these animals. We could not be as successful as we are without each and every one of you.”

Now, from Joe’s note we can glean this: The Carrollton shelter is working hard and keeps saving the lives of strays and surrenders who wind up in its care.

What does this mean? It means what it means in every city in the nation: The burden of properly caring for animals still is on the shoulders of the public. People have to work harder to keep animals out of shelters. The responsibility is squarely on the shoulders of every person who says, “I’d like to have puppy” or “I’ll take that kitten.” If you commit, stay committed. These are lives, not playthings.

Perhaps the Metroplex Animal Commission could learn some lessons from the Carrollton shelter instead of wasting $25K with the HSUS - an organization that does not run a single cat/dog shelter. One factor, according to local rescuers, is that Joe and his staff work with as many local rescues and shelters as possible - not just as select few blessed by the Animal Shelter Commission, as DAS does.


Rosebud said...

I will also take a moment to hold up another good representative of successful shelter management, Plano Animal Services. Although they are not "technically" no-kill, their adoption/placement rate runs somewhere between 82-87%, depending upon the time of year. That's DAS' kill rate! They also work very hard with rescues, and welcome community involvement on just about every level. They work extremely well with rescue organizations, and even bring in dogs from other a/c's, room permitting, to help place them here. If you have a talent, and offer to volunteer, you can be guaranteed they will find a place for you BASED on your talents and desire. They also have one of the cleanest, brightest, and most-welcoming of facilities, and due to their "medical procedures and practices", at the facility, have basically no disease outbreaks, which is a statistic they are very proud of. (and we in the community are just as proud...) They have volunteers who groom and clean the incoming animals, they have volunteers who help with training and socialization, they have volunteers who help in adoptions to help insure that the individual and the adoptive family are a good "fit", and the family knows what to expect, volunteers who can help foster whelping mothers or litters...the list goes on. The have on-staff veterinarians, and Plano is one of the rare shelters that will treat conditions such as kennel cough, or treat minor injuries. They will even go the extra mile to support seriously injured animals, if the potential for quality of life is good. Again, there are many volunteers and organizations that help support that effort as well. So Plano is another shelter that has it right. Plano is currently in an expansion process, which I am thrilled about. Carrollton is to be commended for their success. We can only hope that the success becomes contagious!

Feline Provocateur said...

Thank you for sharing this information about Plano Animal Services. If only DAS would fire the HSUS' timewasters and invite some of the staff of more successful local shelters to advise them...

Anonymous said...

I also would like to comment about Joe Skenesky and the folks at the Carrollton Animal Services shelter. Joe and his staff go above and beyond to get the word out about the animals that need to be placed - even us rescues in Houston hear about Carrolton's animals in need and have rescued many due to the Houston rescue groups networking the weekly reminders of animals available from Joe.

The staff there are a joy to work with, unlike some other shelters, and I wish more shelters would make the kind of effort Joe and his staff make to save every animal they can!

A real class act at Carrolton!