When the director of the Victoria County Animal Control contacted volunteer Kim Cole about an idea to provide shelter pets with a play yard to be able to run, jump and frolic instead of mainly being caged in kennels, a great idea soon became a reality reports the Victoria Advocate.
"It's been an idea of mine since I started here nine years ago," shelter director Heather Kern told the Victoria Advocate. And with the help of Cole, who organized the Shelter Pets of Victoria, to help rescue, re home, foster and adopt homeless pets from the Victoria County Animal Control, the idea of a bit of freedom, and a place for would be adopters to become familiar with the shelter pets off leash, took shape.
Along the side of the shelter, located at 122 Perimeter Road in Victoria, Texas, a strip of land was fenced on both sides by an eight foot chain link fence and was ready for some modifications; soon two play yards were to be born.
After the July 28 Commissioners Court final approval for the play yard was approved, an online fundraiser began to raise the funds needed to fence off two separate areas; one for the big dogs and one for the small guys. Appropriately named, the fundraiser was called Play Yard for Victoria Animal Control Pound Puppies; it was an immediate success.
Each yard is 20x55 feet. The dogs are out there by themselves with the shelter staff for a little free, "unwind and sniff" time, and unless they are housed together, the dogs are separated and allowed individual time. One can only imagine how much a dog's stress level must go down when they get a little time to be a dog. Each play area measures 20x55 feet.
"Even 20 minutes a day, it's good for their personality and their mindset... We have a soft-hearted staff. It's a hard job we do every day. Our job is to get as many homeless, healthy animals out of her alive and in good, loving homes," stated Kern.
What a great idea. Shelter pets are not prisoners; they are the innocent victims of irresponsible owners and indiscriminate breeders. Until society can figure out a way to show respect to all animals, creative animal advocates like Kim Cole, Heather Kern and all the volunteers who worked hard to make this happen, should be thanked for their generosity and huge hearts.
Stop by the Shelter Pets of Victoria County by clicking here and thanking everyone. While you're at it, why not check out the adorable rescue pets just waiting for their new human companions.
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