The Norman Transcript

Letters

June 23, 2013

Norman Animal Welfare needs fixing

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Where do I start? I’ll be as concise and direct as possible. I speak from more than 12 years experience as a shelter veterinarian and have worked more than nine years part-time at the Norman Animal Welfare Adoption Center.

· The shelter oversight committee and I attended architectural design meetings and were asked what we thought was needed in a new facility, and so we gave our input, wanting the best-quality design for the animals and people who work and volunteer there.

The fact that the facility might cost more than the bond allowed was never really addressed. So we have this great design with state-of-the-art materials that not only maximize disease control but also provide for enhanced environmental well-being and are now short on the money to fund it.

So now it seems that the city is willing to make crucial cuts that will only result in investing more money in repair and labor in the long run.

OK, people. Now is the time to stop, analyze this and fix it before building a money pit. Stop your leaders from approving bids now. It is the time to put it to the people and raise the necessary funds to build the shelter that the animals and citizens of Norman deserve.

Any rich OU alums out there wanting to contribute the difference? I thought this state had some oil money and animal lovers out there. Prove me right and maybe something will be permanently named after you and your kind benevolence. How else can you spend your money to benefit so many others?

· Part of the reason No. 1 is such a mess is because of this problem: Animal Welfare should be its own entity and be run as such. The problems that arise from subjugating Animal Welfare under the police department, neighborhood services or any other department causes a massive conflict of interest.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters
  • Expansion effect evaluated

    Editor, The Transcript: The effect of the Medicaid expansion rejection and acceptance on hospitals’ uncompensated costs are now being evaluated....

    July 31, 2014

  • Community Action mostly closed due to cutbacks

    Editor, The Transcript: The Community Action, at 1155 E Main St. in Norman, for decades has served Cleveland County with the following everyday services: a food pantry, short-term housing for the homeless, providing rides for those without ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Nutritional article should be accurate

    I read with interest the July 13 article “Are low-carb diets really healthy?” by Cassidie Day. Unfortunately, a number of statements in this article were incorrect. The first problematic statement was, “Carbs are an essential nutrient ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Hospital story headline was too sensationalized

    Editor, The Transcript: On July 18, The Transcript ran a front page article with the headline “Lawsuit filed against Norman Regional — Civil suit alleges improper billing practices by NRH and contracted physicians groups.” As a first page ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Help better than commentary

    For the last seven years, I have helped run Hands Helping Paws, an animal welfare and rescue group that fosters Norman’s abandoned animals and advocates for spay and neuter initiatives to reduce our community’s problems with stray and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Stick to the sports

    Editor, The Transcript: Why must we, especially us nice conservatives, be subjected to political commentary in a sports column? I hear/view Fox News routinely and find their coverage quite acceptable. I also hear/view CNN and MSNBC. I ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Corporation Commission should should evaluate quakes, fracturing

    Editor, The Transcript: Is your house at risk of being damaged in an earthquake because of fracking? Maybe. We’ve seen more earthquakes and tremors in Oklahoma seven months into 2014 than in the two previous years combined. At the same ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Norman can stop fracking before it escalates

    Editor, The Transcript: There are 163 fracked wells within Norman city limits. With growing attention to health and safety concerns, the city is considering changes to the existing oil and gas ordinance....

    July 27, 2014

  • We should be offended by things that matter

    Editor, The Transcript: I’m offended. Why you say? I live in the USA, in Norman — a great town. What could possibly offend me? I’ll tell you. It’s people that are offended by the most meaningless things (what to call an evergreen tree in ...

    July 27, 2014

  • James Garner will be missed

    Editor, The Transcript: Norman native son James Garner was a fine actor on stage, screen and television. I enjoyed the “Maverick” TV series and, in particular, the 1959 episode “The Strange Journey of Jenny Hill” in which the very popular ...

    July 25, 2014