The Norman Transcript

Opinion

March 11, 2014

Volunteers perturbed

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

To the City Manager of Norman:

We could have gotten all the Shelter dogs walked and petted. We could have gotten all the cats petted. We are the FAN volunteers.

We arrived at the Norman Animal Shelter before 11:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning, with enough volunteers to make this a happy day in the lives of shelter animals, in their otherwise dismal lives.

It is not in the job description of Shelter Staff to walk and lovingly interact with animals, so as animal-loving concerned citizens, we go and do this as volunteers.

Our Head Volunteer, Jeff Bloomgarden goes every Saturday, and often more than that, for this last year, to train new volunteers, and walk and pet animals. I’m new, and go every Saturday since December. Other caring  volunteers go, too.

This morning all the shelter staff was at the fairgrounds to do a worthy project of helping Norman citizens in low-cost services.

That’s wonderful, but couldn’t one of them stayed at the shelter to unlock it for us volunteers?

The dogs will have to wait another week now. They didn’t even tell us they were not going to be there to let us in.

The Norman Shelter should be definitely open every Saturday for us the volunteers , and the public to come adopt animals. That is the best day for all of us. The phone message declaring the shelter closed on Saturday, and the sign on the front gate should be changed.

We are building a new shelter for $3 million. Is that just for a nicer show building, or better treatment for the animals?  There ought to be paid staff to walk and pet animals, not just to incarcerate them and leave them caged.

 We from FAN just want to make a better life for the poor caged animals at the pound. Why doesn’t the City want that?

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