By Rick Phelps


Brownwood Bulletin


The board of directors at the Corinne T. Smith Animal Center is continuing to take steps to improve after facing many issues over the last several months.


During Monday’s meeting at the shelter, board members worked through an agenda that included considering, acknowledging and accepting resignation letters from Bob Dixon, Debra Dixon, Kevin Kitchens and Patricia Caudill. Debra Dixon, former board president, and the others did not submit resignation letters according to board member Betty Cass. “I included a self-addressed stamped envelope with the letters that were sent out, but we never received anything back.”


With that statement, Debra Dixon was removed as board president as well as her role as a board member. One by one, the other three were also unanimously removed. Travis Curry and Rick Phelps were named as two new board members. “We just have to leave two spots open,” said board member Stephen Finch. “Emily (Crawford, Brownwood City Manager) and Pat (Chesser, Brownwood City Attorney) asked for that.” The board also unanimously approved naming Dr. Allan Cass as board president, who served in that capacity prior to the problems that began in 2019.


The board heard from Veronica Finch, who presented the job description for shelter director. After approval, Finch stated the job would be posted this week. Freda Day, who was the shelter’s director from 2009-16 was unanimously selected to continue as interim director “for a month or two” or until the position is filled. “I will stay on after someone is hired to help them through the transition period,” said Day, who added that if she is required to accept pay due to insurance reasons, she will be donating those earnings back to the shelter.


Day also reported that in February, 82 dogs and 23 cats were received, with 14 of the dogs being reclaimed by their owners. Thirty-seven dogs were adopted, while 24 cats found new homes. Twenty-three dogs were transferred to rescue facilities and none of the animals at the shelter were euthanized. Day also stated until the shelter’s financial situation is figured out, spay and neuter vouchers will be discontinued.


CTSAC has also established COVID-19 protocols.


Dogs:


Customers will call either from the parking lot or in advance to make an appointment.


Customers will identify which animal(s) they are wanting to adopt or reclaim.


Customers will be escorted around the side of the building and placed in the meet and greet pen inside the gate.


A staff member will walk the dog to the meet and greet pen.


If an adopter chooses to adopt the dog, an adoption application will be given to the adopter to complete in their vehicle. The dog will be placed in its kennel and the adoption will be completed in the adopter’s vehicle.


If the animal is altered, the animal will be walked to the adopter’s car.


If the animal is unaltered, the animal will be scheduled for spay/neuter and the adopter will be given the date, time and pick up location for their animal.


The animal will be moved to preadopt at the center location and the status will change to preadopted.


Once spay/neuter is complete, the animal will be outcomed in Pet Point. Pet Point is the software program that registers each animal with a photograph and medical history.


Cats:


The customer will call either from the parking lot or in advance to make an appointment.


The customer will identify which animal they are wanting to adopt or reclaim.


A staff member will talk to the potential adopter about the cat and show a live video of the cat interacting. The adopter will not be able to enter the building for an in-room meet and greet.


If an adopter chooses to adopt the cat, an adoption application will be given to the adopter to complete in the vehicle and adoption will also be completed in the adopter’s vehicle.


If the cat is altered, the cat will be walked to the adopter’s car.


If the cat is unaltered, it will be scheduled for spay/neuter and the adopter will be given the date, time and pick up location for their animal.


The cat will be moved to preadopt at the center location and the status will change to preadopted.


Once spay/neuter is complete, the animal will be outcomed in Pet Point.