Community service for the dogs
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A WORD FROM THE MAYOR
I’d like to acknowledge the Pearsall 4-H kids and leadership for doing some amazing community service over the last month.
What these young folks volunteered to do for the city of Pearsall and community is exemplary.
Pearsall has an aging animal shelter that was in need of a good bit of TLC. For us familiar with the old position of city dog catchers, they have now been replaced by Animal Control Officers (ACO’s). ACO’s are trained in handling most of the needs communities have regarding both domestic and wild animals.
The youth and leadership from the Pearsall 4-H were seeking a community project and they linked up with our ACO and Code Enforcement Officer and a partnership was formed that is worthy of note and appreciation. A special thanks to the parents, students and 4-H Club Manager Cosme Rodriguez and assistant managers Jessica Salaiz and Dee Shahan.
Earlier this month a brigade of some 15 kids and parents ascended on the shelter and made a huge impact.
They started with a fundraiser and raised the money needed to buy their supplies. They cleaned all the pens with bleach, fixed broken doors that allowed the use of more pens, added automatic water dispensers that replaced bowls, giving the animals access to 24/7 water, added water lines, welded broken pipes and supports, fixed fences, raked and deep-cleaned the area, planted two trees and hung feeders. Additionally they bathed the dogs and showed them some love.
At the Pioneer Day event this year, these 4-H kids teamed up with Pearsall’s code enforcement officer Mark Gonzales and our new ACO Ethan Elizondo, and worked to adopted out all eligible dogs from the shelter.
This is a great example of a public/private partnership that reflects outstanding community teamwork. “We’re very proud of the effort these young people have made to help and make a difference. They saw a need and stepped up to be the solution. Well Done Pearsall 4-H.
Now about the issue of rogue chickens…
God Bless the City of Pearsall, the County of Frio, the State of Texas, the United States of America and You.
Ben T. Briscoe
Mayor of Pearsall