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August 22, 2013

Shelter seeks ways to reunite fido with families

Chief unveils new online system for claiming pets at animal shelter

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Also, as recommended in the July 16 meeting, all phone calls to the shelter are now forwarded to police dispatch so the number, time and conversation of a potential pet owner can all be recorded.

“One of the suggestions was, ‘Why don’t we use Facebook?’” Sullivan said at the Tuesday meeting. “I’ll tell you from my experience over there in the big city [Fort Worth], Facebook is very labor-intensive. We’d have to have someone just continuously monitor that thing, keeping it live, and we don’t have the staff for that.”

One question brought forth at Tuesday’s council meeting was how to keep people from claiming pets that are not theirs under this new system. After the set “claim to” date, shelter animals can be put up for adoption; however, the concern remained that rightful owners still may not get their pets.

Sullivan said that if a pet is not collared, microchipped or tattooed, there is no realistic way to keep this from happening.

He said the shelter can only reasonably hold animals for so long. hoping someone will come get them. and he would rather give an animal to someone who wants it under that circumstance – rightful owner or not – than have to euthanize it.

“I mean really, if we have someone that wants it, do we euthanize it? Then we’re back to that philosophical dilemma,” he said. “The charge has been, ‘Whatever you do, don’t kill them. Above all things, do no harm.’ So, I’ll give it to them, until we evolve a means for pet verification. Sometimes dogs shake their collars, but if it’s not collared, microchipped or tattooed and somebody wants it, I’d rather give it to them than kill it. That’s just my opinion.”

Sullivan received a glowing endorsement from the council for his hard work.

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