Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week

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Sulphur Springs Animal Control Officers (standing) Barbi Blanch and Annie Patridge with SS Animal Shelter volunteers at a Pet Adoption Event

Sulphur Springs Mayor John Sellers proclaimed the second week of April as Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week in Sulphur Springs.

This a time to recognize the important role animal control officers have in law enforcement.

Sulphur Springs Police Department Animal Control Officers Barbi Blanch and Annie Patridge often put themselves in potentially dangerous situations to protect the health and welfare of animals and the public. These ladies work indefatigably at the shelter caring for abused, mistreated and homeless animals. They provide valuable education on animal related topics for the community.

They and volunteers work hard to see that every animal has a chance at a forever home, including posting information on lost pets, and dogs and cats available for adoption on the Sulphur Springs Animal Shelter Facebook page. Folks from the shelter also, when conditions allow, partner with local businesses or groups to host pet adoption events on weekends.

Not even a pandemic that requires social distancing stop officers from doing all they can to find loving homes for the four-legged critters entrusted to their care. Folks from the city’s animal shelter post pictures of animals found in the city in an effort to reunite them with their owners and try to find homes for those whose stay at the shelter is longer. They are available most weekdays and some weekends, by appointment, especially during this time of social distancing and closure of city buildings to the public.

Thanks Barbi and Annie for the valuable service you perform for our community. If you see these ladies out and about, thank them for their dedication.

Author: Faith Huffman

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