Friday’s Greenville Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Membership Luncheon offered plenty of information on how to take care of dogs, cats and many other animals.
The Chamber’s “Pet Friendly Edition” featured speakers from multiple businesses and agencies, giving tips how to keep pets alive, happy, healthy, trained, groomed and in a forever home of their own.
Dr. Kaitlyn Boerner, DVM. with Turtle Creek Veterinary Medical Center spoke on the group’s C.A.R.E. (Community Advocacy Research Education) Coalition, which it operates in cooperation with the Greenville Area Wide Animal Control Shelter.
Boerner said the coalition agreed to provide medical care to animals housed at the shelter.
“Anything they need until they are deemed healthy enough for adoption,” Boerner said.
She noted how the Turtle Creek Veterinary Medical Center opened its new facility in January, increasing its available space from 1,100 to 6,500 square feet.
Boerner explained how the center provides community activities such as the annual Hot Diggity Dog Jog for Pet Cancer Awareness and the Jingle Bowls and Pet Pictures with Santa fundraisers at Christmas time.
“Since 2003, we have raised total of nearly $8,000,” Boerner said, enough funding to purchase some 33,000 pounds of pet food.
Greenville Animal Control Supervisor Brandon Krodle noted how his staff continues to be contacted about dogs running at large in the city.
“We have had 901 calls so far in 2019,” Krodle said, “So far this year we have picked up 452 dogs running loose.”
The shelter had been able to return 99 of the dogs to their owners.
Krodle said the dogs either have no identification or, if they have microchips, the information is inaccurate or outdated.
His staff also is called up to trap wild animals, to a point.
“If it is in your back yard, unless it is dangerous, we’re not going to bother it,” Krodle said. “Wild animals are supposed to be in the wild.”
Representatives with No Kill Hunt County and Lone Star Ranch & Rescue were available at the luncheon. No Kill Hunt County is a volunteer foster based rescue working to reform local shelters to lower the kill rate and enact change to save lives.
Lone Star Ranch & Rescue, from Blue Ridge began in 2016 with a goal to save horses from neglect, slaughter and owners in over their heads, serving all of North Texas and wherever else needed.
Also speaking at the luncheon was a representative with the SPCA of Texas, as well as Beth Thomason with Dawg Gone Dirty Pet Grooming in Quinlan.