Skip to main content

Mansfield Magazine

Get to Know Mansfield Animal Care & Control, an Award Winning Shelter

Aug 07, 2014 12:55PM ● Published by Brian Ostrovsky

You complete me

Gallery: Animal Care & Control - August 2014 [6 Images] Click any image to expand.

You may not know that Mansfield Animal Care & Control is an award winning shelter that goes way beyond the traditional ideas people have about pounds. We caught up with Manager Lori Strittmatter to learn more about the facility, services, and how they serve the community.

Tell us a little about Animal Care & Control
Our purpose is to try to help the citizens of Mansfield with their animal issues.  Sometimes that is not always possible but we try to do as much as we can.  We employ 3 field officers, 2 kennel techs, 1 receptionist and 1 manager to run the department.  We primarily deal with domestic animal issues, such as animal bites, loose animals, cruelty investigations.  We also try to help out with wildlife issues but we are sometimes limited on what we can do, depending on laws and circumstances involved.  We enforce city ordinances as well as state laws regarding animals. 
 
How does your role change throughout the year?
The spring and summer each year are very difficult for us.   Puppy and kitten season can be very hard to keep up with.  You also see a lot of unvaccinated animals that come into shelter that are suffering from various ailments so that can be a little frustrating.  

We constantly talk about the importance of spaying, neutering, and vaccinating your pets but a lot of the general public don't understand how important it really is.  The numbers are very eye opening.  
There are a lot of programs out there to help get animals spayed and neutered for anyone that cannot afford to have that done.  There are low cost vaccinations as well.  Most of the diseases that you see can be easily prevented with a simple vaccination.  
What are some common misconceptions about the shelter and the pets you care for?
Image title
I think there is still a "pound" mentality that goes along with the animal shelters.  People don't understand that we are past the "dogcatcher" days.  Our animal control department really tries to take a proactive approach to the community and rather than just fix the immediate problem we really try hard to get to the root of the problem to resolve the issue. 

People still think that animal shelters don't care about their animals and we have tried really hard to change people's minds.  We really work hard to provide a safe, comfortable, and happy environment for our animals.  Our walls are brightly colored, (we are still looking for an artist or artistic group that has free time and wants to paint the insides of the kennel buildings that will work for nothing :D )  we made improvements to the center section, where the dogs are put out to play, adding a shade cloth and painting the floor with pool paint so they can stay outside longer when it is hot.  

We play music in the kennels that is proven to be calming for the animals.  We interact with them all the time and treat them like our own animals while they are here.  We try everything we possibly can to get these animals into good homes or reputable rescues.  A lot of people also think that shelters only have mixed breed animals, but 25% of shelter animals are purebred animals.  

There is also a belief that shelter animals are bad pets because they are at the shelter, but actually we get animals from all different situations, such as death of the owner, cruelty cases, moving and can't take, new baby, etc.  We get a lot of really great dogs that just need a new family to love them.
 
What's the best part of your job?
I get to play with animals all the time, who wouldn't want my job lol  This job can be very stressful and emotionally draining but at the end of the day we get to say that we made a difference in the lives of the animals that reside in this shelter and in this city, hopefully for the better.   We also get the opportunity to get to know the citizens in Mansfield and hopefully be able to get them whatever help they need.

What's new or coming soon that readers should know about?
Image title
We are getting an additional building with our upcoming expansion, which will include a much needed quarantine space for bite animals.  We currently have 3 quarantine kennels for dogs and 2 for cats.  Unfortunately, we run out of quarantine space frequently.  This will also provide a space for isolation, for animals that are being treated for injury or illness and need a quiet space.  There will also be a recovery space for animals that have been sterilized to relax in.  There will also be some updating to the two existing kennels.  

How can people help?
We have two donation accounts for the shelter animals, the basic donation fund, which provides projects to make the lives of the shelter animals better, such as the shade cloth, painting, dog beds, etc.  

Then, we also have the "Lucky Fund", which was named after a dog named "Lucky" that was hit by a car prior to when he came to the shelter and passed away during surgery due to complications.  This fund provides medical care for animals in our care.  We have helped numerous hit by car animals, heartworm treatments, amputations, mange treatments, etc, so that the animals can be adopted out or placed in a reputable rescue.  We do not pass on the vet costs to the new adopters, although they are welcome to make a donation back to the "Lucky Fund" if they would like to help other animals.  

There are always pending projects at the shelter, I am a girl after all and I like having a nice place to work in, so we are always working on things to make the shelter nicer.  People can always donate to help with supplies or if they have a specific idea for a project, let us know and we will see if it will work.  We accept donations for projects as well, such as paint, brushes, landscaping materials, plants, dog and cat toys,.  We also try to help out low income residents, so we take dog houses, dog runs, fencing materials, anything that might help keep a pet in it's home.

Mansfield Animal Care & Control regularly runs specials and participates in special programs. As of writing this they're offering 2-for-1 Tuesdays and Free Feline Fridays as well as the upcoming Empty the Shelter event:

Thumb_empty-the-shelter

Empty the Shelter Adoption Event
Saturday, August 16, 2014 | 10:00AM - 05:00PM
On August 16 from 10-5 p.m., the Mansfield Animal Shelter will be participating in the "Empty the Shelter" Adoption Event with most of the animal shelters in the North Texas ... Read More
Special thanks to the kids from Music Place Mansfield for putting together the video you see below.

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Mansfield Magazine's free newsletter to get regular updates

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Mansfield Magazine's free newsletter to get regular updates



Embed this content on your website

Embed
Today, Community spotlight
  • Community Book Drive

    01/21/2018
    08:00AM

    Clean out your closets and check your shelves for those books you no longer need. Donate them and...


  • Celebrity Chefs 2018

    01/21/2018
    06:00PM

    Mid Cities SOS presents an evening of culinary magic and chef's auction.


  • DFW Solar Awareness Day

    01/22/2018
    12:00AM

    Hello! We are putting together a day for solar awareness in the DFW area! Talk to your friends...


  • Community Book Drive

    01/22/2018
    08:00AM

    Clean out your closets and check your shelves for those books you no longer need. Donate them and...


  • Community Book Drive

    01/23/2018
    08:00AM

    Clean out your closets and check your shelves for those books you no longer need. Donate them and...


  • Home School Nature Class

    01/23/2018
    01:00PM — 03:00PM

    Join us for science and nature related lessons and guided investigation of Oliver Nature Park. Le...


  • Official Ribbon Cutting: Dirty Job Brewing

    01/23/2018
    04:00PM — 08:00PM

    The Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes Dirty Job Brewing with an official ribbon cutting...


  • FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW AND RODEO

    01/23/2018
    08:00PM

    Since 1896, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been drawing in cowboys and cowgirls from all...


  • Community Book Drive

    01/24/2018
    08:00AM

    Clean out your closets and check your shelves for those books you no longer need. Donate them and...


  • Home School Nature Class

    01/24/2018
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Join us for science and nature related lessons and guided investigation of Oliver Nature Park. Le...


  • FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW AND RODEO

    01/24/2018
    08:00PM

    Since 1896, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been drawing in cowboys and cowgirls from all...


  • Community Book Drive

    01/25/2018
    08:00AM

    Clean out your closets and check your shelves for those books you no longer need. Donate them and...


  • NEW YEAR / NEW ART

    01/25/2018
    11:00AM — 06:00PM

    Starting 2018 With NEW ART waiting to be SEEN Giddens Gallery of Fine Art presents an All...


  • The 2018 Women’s Alliance Health & Wellness event “Achieving Your Healthiest Self” will be Thursd...


  • FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW AND RODEO

    01/25/2018
    08:00PM

    Since 1896, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been drawing in cowboys and cowgirls from all...


  • Step out for your health and a good cause at the 5th Annual MANSFIELD RUN WITH HEART! Choose from...


  • Community Book Drive

    01/26/2018
    08:00AM

    Clean out your closets and check your shelves for those books you no longer need. Donate them and...


  • Plates for a Purpose

    01/26/2018
    10:30AM — 01:00PM

    The Second Annual Plates for a Purpose will build on the success of last year's event and feature...


  • Home School Days: Habitat Hunt

    01/26/2018
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    lementary to Middle School students will learn about which animals live in which habitats, and ho...


  • NEW YEAR / NEW ART

    01/26/2018
    11:00AM — 06:00PM

    Starting 2018 With NEW ART waiting to be SEEN Giddens Gallery of Fine Art presents an All...


  • Home School Days

    01/26/2018
    11:00AM — 02:00PM

    These supplemental Science lessons are great for any kind of home school or unschool student! Aft...


  • Home School Days: Animal Babies

    01/26/2018
    01:00PM — 02:00PM

    Middle to High School students will compare & contrast the physical traits and parenting techniqu...


  • FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW AND RODEO

    01/26/2018
    08:00PM

    Since 1896, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been drawing in cowboys and cowgirls from all...


  • Community Book Drive

    01/27/2018
    08:00AM

    Clean out your closets and check your shelves for those books you no longer need. Donate them and...


  • Skull Scene Investigation (5y+)

    01/27/2018
    09:00AM — 10:00AM

    Join us at Oliver Nature Park for an investigation of animal skulls and teeth. We will learn ...


  • Jiggle Butt Run 5K

    01/27/2018
    09:00AM

    Registration is still open for the 12th annual Jiggle Butt Run 5K run and walk, set for Saturday,...


  • Brunch Time!

    01/27/2018
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Zoologists of all ages are welcome to observe our resident critters tackling their Brunch every S...


  • Painting in the Park

    01/27/2018
    10:30AM — 12:00PM

    Join us for a nature-themed painting class at Oliver Nature Park. An artist will guide you step-b...


  • NEW YEAR / NEW ART

    01/27/2018
    11:00AM — 06:00PM

    Starting 2018 With NEW ART waiting to be SEEN Giddens Gallery of Fine Art presents an All...


  • Exposing Rats

    01/27/2018
    05:00PM — 06:00PM

    In this lesson of DIY Pest Control, Craig Cantrell of Proactive Pest Services will teach us all a...


  • Vintage Unplugged Live on the Patio

    01/27/2018
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Vintage Unplugged is a dynamic acoustic group based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area specializin...


  • FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW AND RODEO

    01/27/2018
    08:00PM

    Since 1896, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been drawing in cowboys and cowgirls from all...


 

Image title
Mansfield Area High School Sports

Community Champions