Get to Know Mansfield Animal Care & Control, an Award Winning Shelter
Aug 07, 2014 12:55PM ● Published by Brian Ostrovsky
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Tell us a little about Animal Care & Control
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.
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.
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.
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:
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