Hill County Paw Pals, Hill County, Texas
  

DOING NOTHING NOT CORRECT DECISION

We can try to avoid making choices, but doing nothing is still making a decision. A decision to ignore the pet overpopulation crisis that plagues our county with the inherent health and safety risks to our citizens is a choice that has been made.

Many citizens in our county suffer the consequences of many, but not all, elected officials’ “do nothing” decision. Feral packs of dogs roam some areas of the county and some parents fear allowing their children to play in the neighborhood or refrain from walking through the neighborhood themselves. In these areas, they certainly think twice before walking their own dog out of fear of attack. Yes, areas like this exist in our county. Criminal abuse of animals is an increasing occurrence as is illegal “dumping” of domestic pets.

Three proven “proactive” programs working simultaneously together will correct pet overpopulation (many areas of our nation do not have pet overpopulation). Hill County Paw Pals volunteers have worked eight years and instituted two of the necessary programs—Education and Low Cost Pet Sterilization (where 3,800 pets have been sterilized and over 10,100 pets have been vaccinated against the rabies virus). The third and missing element is “county animal control”. A county animal program is needed to provide a necessary “intake” facility for strays and unwanted dogs and cats along with legislation efforts. Without such a program, pet overpopulation will simply worsen.

County animal control remains an unmet need, a core-service expected by taxpayers to be prioritized into the existing budget WITHOUT raising taxes. County animal control programs are not foreign to many living in our area of central Texas. If fact, over 2.2 million people living in the counties of Bastrop, Bell, Brazos, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Fayette, Hays, Lampasas, Llano, McClennan (through Waco for rabies control), Travis, Washington (through Brenham for rabies control), and Williamson have some level of animal control for their citizens. Six of these counties have a populace smaller than or equal to Hill County’s. Why does Hill County remain without an animal control program? The answer is simple. Animal control has yet to be deemed a “priority”. This is unfortunate in light of our worsening pet overpopulation problem. The County Commissioner’s represent the people of Hill County and it is the responsibility of the citizens to make the elected officials aware of this need and desire to correct the pet overpopulation problem. It is the inherent responsibility of the Commissioner’s Court to meet the needs of the constituents who elected them as their government representatives.

“Reacting” to each consequence of the problem is the equivalent of doing nothing and this mindset only feeds the growth of pet overpopulation and brings uninviting liabilities of heath, economic, legal and safety. Hill County can be a safer and better place to live. Hill County Commissioners Court must give ear to the needs of the people and implement this core service into our existing budget which can be accomplished without raising taxes. For more information about Paw Pals, please visit other areas of this website or call 254 580-0679.