The Norman Transcript

Local news

October 13, 2012

City animal shelter enters modern era

NORMAN — The cultural image of the evil dog catcher portrayed in many movies and cartoons is not an accurate depiction of the dedicated staff at the Norman Animal Shelter. Animal Welfare Supervisor John Bowman and his staff work hard to protect the animals under their care and to reunite lost pets with their owners.

Now that job, and many of the other jobs of the animal control staff, has gotten a lot easier. Chameleon, a new computer system designed especially for animal control needs, has been up and running for about a month and Bowman and his staff continue to discover the wide range of possibilities for using that software system and its complementary hardware.

“Chameleon is records management for animal welfare, and we’re still tailoring it for what we want,” Bowman said. “It has a lot more capabilities than we’re using right now.”

But the implementation has already made a major difference in the way Norman Animal Welfare does business.

Under the old system when an animal was picked up, city animal control staff filled out records by hand and an animal was recorded in a book. As much information as possible was recorded in order to help identify the animal.

“If you called in to tell me your animal was missing, I had to use a different form,” Bowman said. “We had to manually look through the book to see if maybe it was there.”

If no match was found in the book, the lost pet forms were hung on the wall.

“Now we have Chameleon which is a database,” Bowman said.

While Bowman still recommends coming into the shelter and looking at the animals to make sure your lost pet is not in custody as the best means of identifying your pet, the database and computer web sites have made reuniting pets with their owners much more efficient.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • Injury accident reported

    Transcript Staff Emergency crews responded to an injury accident around 10:20 p.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of 80th Avenue Southeast where there were reports of someone pinned. Several reports indicated a vehicle struck a tree causing one ...

    July 28, 2014

  • Migrant kids go to Mass

    The services have all the elements of a typical Sunday Mass — singing, scripture, a sermon, prayers, communion and worship....

    July 27, 2014

  • Prisons expand reach to bring training to more officers

    McALESTER — Joshua Drake once was offered the chance to be a corrections officer but turned it down because he didn’t want to leave his wife and aging parents for six weeks to train hundreds of miles away in El Reno....

    July 27, 2014

  • Storm victims face loan dilemma

    The tornadoes, flooding and hail that struck Oklahoma last year left hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, causing many home and business owners to seek help in the form of low-interest federal loans....

    July 27, 2014

  • Norman North teen struck by freight train recovering with therapy

    A Norman North teen struck by a freight train in May is on the road to recovery and ready to get back to school after spending most of his summer in a hospital. Harrison Braddy, 16, has been staying busy with rehab and physical therapy ...

    July 27, 2014

  • SWIMMER Aquatic center could serve many community needs

    Michael Yoch could have been the kid with asthma sitting on the sidelines — could have been, but wasn’t. Michael had trouble running because of his asthma, which made it difficult to play soccer and many other sports his friends loved. ...

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Director leaves decade of memories

    Maureen Dolan is giving up the post as director of St. Joseph’s Early Childhood Development Center, fondly called “St. Joe’s” by the many parents whose pre-school children have spent their weekdays under her care over the past 10 years....

    July 27, 2014

  • Teen critical after rescue

    A 17-year-old Yukon male was transported to the hospital Sunday after a near drowning incident at Lake Thunderbird in the Party Cove area. Emergency crews responded to the lake after a report of a possible drowning around 5:30 p.m. ...

    July 27, 2014

  • County wreck fatal

    A Purcell man was killed in a single-vehicle wreck Saturday morning on Highway 77, north of Moffatt Road in Cleveland County. Keith Hedrick, 20, was pinned for about an hour and 45 minutes before the Slaughterville Fire Department was ...

    July 27, 2014

  • New library leaders

    The Pioneer Library System has familiar faces taking over leadership roles with its two hometown libraries....

    July 27, 2014