EDITION OF TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018 [PetPowellPress] -- We’ve got some cats, some dogs and some people in this report. We’ll be citing comments about a rescuer from the minutes of a city council meeting at Bedford -- many of you knew the determined and dedicated Barb Richardson of Homeward Bound Animal Rescue. Read on...
LOOKING AT THE DAS INVENTORY
Dallas Animal Services is one busy organi- zation. And the animals it has are not just a variety pack of types, but a variety pack of moods, too.
For example, consider these two orange tabbies. Clearly they are approaching shelter captivity in two different ways. The reluctant kitty is Tigger (1026201), about a year old and in the shelter since April 6 -- the same history and description as the more casual Garfield (1026199). You can see how to adopt these guys (and a bunch of other cats, at dallasanimal
services.org. Call the shelter at 214-670-6800. Stop by at I-30 and Westmoreland.
While you’re there you can see this guy Hondo. He was featured on the DAS Facebook page Monday morning. He’s A1026247. According to DAS, he needs an “adopter familiar with his breed to give him a loving home. He’s a bit independent but easy to handle.” At a year and a half, Hondo weighs 71 pounds. And, as you can see from the photos, they are 71 1/2 handsome pounds.
TEXANS ARE ATOP THE GOLF WORLD;
HERE’S A WAY TO STAY IN THE GAME!
A Texan wins the Masters and a Texan is the top scoring amateur there. How are your clubs swinging these days? Surely the weather will be hot and dry when it’s time to tee off at THE SIXTH ANNUAL DFW COCKER SPANIEL RESCUE DOGLEG CLASSIC on Sunday, June 3. It raises money to help rescue and repair homeless Cocker Spaniels -- sometimes they need medical work; sometimes they just need a human heart that’s devoted to them. [LARRY FYI: My sons, the golfers Bret and Bart, and Connor, Bart’s golfing son, have played in this tournament and it is a lot of fun. Of course, if there is a straight fairway, I hit a dogleg and if there’s a dogleg, I hit it straight. Golf -- every swing is an adventure.]
Registration will open soon. This tournament has a shotgun start at 1 p.m. on the entertainingly challenging (they’re all challenging to me) Meadowbrook Golf Course in eastern Fort Worth. A team contributes $360 to the cause; it’s $90 per individual golfer who wants to participate.
And that dog is Ozzie, a 7-year-old who is available. [LARRY ASIDE: I’m not absolutely certain, but, based on that photo, he sure looks like he knows how to stand on a green and help you line up a putt.] Ask about him and other Cockers at dfwcockerrescue.org. Organizers of the tournament are still gathering auction items and there are ways for people to sponsor assorted attractions at the tournament -- a flagstick on the green, a hole-in-one, food, beverage, etc.
Deadline for personalized sponsorships is May 11. For a sponsorship form or information, email email@example.com.
MEANWHILE, WILMER AND RED OAK
HAVE ANIMALS THAT NEED A BREAK
These are only a few of the animals on the clock at these two small municipal shelters. For any of these animals in Wilmer and Red Oak, get in touch with Laura Macias at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 214-949-2726. Wilmer has Ava, possibly a Pomeranian/Corgi mix, and Kimber Ann, who may be a Schnauzer mix -- the mix part may be a Yorkie. And, take a look at this big guy’s mugshot -- again.
Still waiting in Red Oak is Gunner. He has the curiously dangerous story. He was rescued from Dallas Animal Services, either dumped free or allowed to “escape,” found and rejected by the adopter, and in a series of exchanges, now waiting for a human to love while on the clock at the Red Oak Animal Shelter with a number of other animals.
[LARRY ASIDE: It would be quite a shame for any dog to live through being at Dallas Animal Services only to be absolutely unwanted-to-death in a small town shelter.]
Amy Poskey, our veteran Denton tipster, has a report from the McNatt Animal Shelter. She wrote Monday afternoon, “I am beyond happy to report that Suzie has left the building and is already in her foster home.” You may remember Susie from a report last week -- very expectant, in the Denton shelter, waiting. To quote Amy, “WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOO!!!”
Then she explains that the “foster home has only two adults, no kids or other animals, so Suzie will be the center of attention and have a nice place to birth and care for her pups.”
The thank you, Amy says, goes to Mike and Mary Frasier of I Am Dog Rescue. And, of course, stand by because there are going to be some puppies needing homes.
THE POWER OF A HUMAN HEART
Is there another street around here named for an animal advocate?
When she was working for animals with Homeward Bound Animal Rescue, there was the “Barbara Richardson Way” -- a determined and kind path to helping animals. Now, there is about to be an actual “Barbara Richardson Way” in Bedford. That’s right -- the city is naming a street at its animal shelter after the late founder and president of Homeward Bound Animal Rescue.
The unveiling of the street sign -- at 10 a.m. Saturday -- will be the opening event of the Pet Fair Adopt-a-Thon at the shelter. It’s scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We first heard of this from Nita Burgoon, the vice president at Animal Angels of Texas. She tipped us to a post about the April 14 tribute to Barb Richardson, who died in November 2016 in Bedford. [That's Barb at an adoption a few years ago.]
We went online to the minutes of a Bedford City Council meeting in January and found that in Item 13 City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Roger Fisher proposed the name, noting that “the City lost a fierce fighter in the animal community in Barbara Richardson the previous year. Council had earlier discussed renaming the street going towards the Animal Shelter and Public Works ‘Barbara Richardson Way’ as a tribute to Ms. Richardson for her years of service to Bedford and its animal population.” Read it all at Item 12 HERE.
BUT WHAT ABOUT ITEM 13 ON THE AGENDA? Discussing the Bedford Animal Shelter Advisory Board’s December meeting, Councilmember Fisher, according to the minutes, reported that the city’s animal shelter “had a live release rate of 91 percent which qualifies it as a no-kill shelter. The Shelter also had no animals for people to adopt going into the holidays and he praised the efforts of the animal control staff.”
So, what’s to contemplate here? Maybe we can all contemplate the effect one animal advocate, for example Barb Richardson, might have had on a department, an advisory board and a city council when it comes to raising awareness of the needs of animals in a city. There you go. Call it the Barbara Richardson Way.
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