Comments for Shannon Hill http://shannonlhill.com Fri, 08 Feb 2013 01:41:35 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Comment on Meet Mandy: Deaf But Not Disabled by Cecy http://shannonlhill.com/animal-welfare/meet-mandy-deaf-but-not-disabled/#comment-23888 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 01:41:35 +0000 http://shannonlhill.com/?p=187#comment-23888 Visitor recommendations…

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Comment on DirecTV: Another Stupid Commercial by Carrie5904 http://shannonlhill.com/animal-welfare/directv-another-stupid-commercial/#comment-21142 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 03:36:26 +0000 http://shannonlhill.com/?p=767#comment-21142 Here is the response I got:
Thank you for writing. I apologize for any inconvenience or frustration this commercial about stray animals has caused you. Let me assist you in having all of your concerns addressed today.

Please be advised that we certainly did not mean to offend you or anyone else with our commercials, Mrs. Rodriguez. Nevertheless, I have forwarded your comments to DIRECTV Management. Be assured that your feedback is important to us and we often make changes based on viewer comments like yours.

We are committed and determined to provide you with prompt, courteous and excellent service. We promise to do our best to resolve any issues that might arise as quickly as possible. And we will continue to develop the unique, innovative programming and services that you have come to expect and enjoy from DIRECTV.

Thank you again for writing, Mrs. Rodriguez. I appreciate the opportunity to personally address your concerns regarding our commercial.

Sincerely,

Vanessa V. – 100245955
DIRECTV Customer Service

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Comment on DirecTV: Another Stupid Commercial by shannon http://shannonlhill.com/animal-welfare/directv-another-stupid-commercial/#comment-21125 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 14:22:19 +0000 http://shannonlhill.com/?p=767#comment-21125 Amazing! I got a reply! (In which they got my gender wrong, but still…)

Response Via Email(Raymond D. – 100186556) – 02/27/2012 03:37 AM
Dear Mr. Hill,

Thanks for writing.

I understand how you feel with regard to the most recent DIRECTV advertisement you
saw. I know that this has been a frustrating experience for you, and we’d like to
provide assistance as soon as possible.

We certainly didn’t mean to offend you or anyone else with our commercials, and I do
appreciate your feedback in this matter. For this reason, I forwarded your comments
to DIRECTV Management. We often make changes to our service based on customer
requests, and we conduct customer surveys on a regular basis to get feedback and new
ideas.

Thanks again for writing, Mr. Hill. We will continue to strive to provide the best
service experience to you.

Sincerely,

Raymond D.- 100186556
DIRECTV Customer Service

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Comment on Another Rescue Radar Moment by shannon http://shannonlhill.com/animal-welfare/another-rescue-radar-moment/#comment-11295 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:56:55 +0000 http://shannonlhill.com/?p=672#comment-11295 UPDATE: The baby dustbunny will go to her new foster home on Saturday. She will shortly thereafter be available for adoption through Smart Rescue (www.smartpetz.com). Thank you to Smart Rescue for offering her a place to go!

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Comment on All That Is Necessary… by Gianni http://shannonlhill.com/animal-welfare/586/#comment-929 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 01:12:36 +0000 http://shannonlhill.com/?p=586#comment-929 I don’t know much, but I have begun to read about animal laws in Texas. Here are some links.

Texas Laws (Statutes), TITLE 10. HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ANIMALS
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us

— Chapter 821. Treatment and Disposition of Animals
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HS/htm/HS.821.htm

— Chapter 822. Regulation of Animals
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HS/htm/HS.822.htm

— Chapter 823. Animal Shelters
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HS/htm/HS.823.htm

— Chapter 825. Predatory Animals and Pests
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HS/htm/HS.825.htm

— Chapter 826. Rabies
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HS/htm/HS.826.htm

— Chapter 828. Dog and Cat Sterilization
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HS/htm/HS.828.htm

— Chapter 829. Animal Control Officer Training
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/HS/htm/HS.829.htm

Texas Dept. of State Health Services, Animal Laws:
http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/health/zoonosis/laws

SPCA of Texas, Overview of Texas Laws:
http://www.spca.org/page.aspx?pid=316

Animal Legal and History Center, Analysis of Texas Laws:
http://www.animallaw.info/articles/ovustxcruelty.htm

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Comment on MCAS: The Low-Cost Clinic and the Veterinary Establishment by Nancy Nelson http://shannonlhill.com/animal-welfare/mcas-the-low-cost-clinic-and-the-veterinary-establishment/#comment-772 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:44:26 +0000 http://shannonlhill.com/?p=581#comment-772 Shannon this all makes me sick to my stomach. Spending so much of my time and money trying to save animals I have a hard time wrapping my brain around someone who is supposed to be doing the same undermining the very core of animal welfare. The shelter offers these services to fill a void in the county that the local vets never stepped in to fill. For years they had the opportunity to start a low cost clinic and they could have made a killing but no one ever did. The people who use these services do so because they cannot afford the alternatives and would basically do nothing instead which means more disease, more animals, and more over crowding at an already overcrowded shelter. What vet who supposedly cares about animals and has made that his or her profession would be this callous and cold. I have a few ideas but I will keep that to myself for now. As tax payers of Montgomery Co we need to be very vocal in our support of these programs that cost the tax payers nothing and provide a benefit at the shelter that could only be replaced with the county allotting tax dollars. We need to make sure the commissioners realize that these programs are necessary and a service to the residents of Montgomery Co and that because a few vets are upset their profits are down, ( duh a recession and bad economy have nothing to do with that) should not ruin it for all the tax paying, voting residents of the county.

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Comment on Basic Vocabulary for Animal Welfare Volunteers by lynette http://shannonlhill.com/animal-welfare/basic-vocabulary-for-animal-welfare-volunteers/#comment-720 Mon, 26 Sep 2011 21:19:07 +0000 http://shannonlhill.com/?p=561#comment-720 I get asked all the time what is “EU”. :-( I also interviewed a new pet sitter this weekend; showed her my new (adorable!) foster puppy from MCAS. I explained that he is being treated for a non-contagious form of mange; she looked at him in horror and said, “aren’t you afraid your other dogs are going to catch it?” I said, “It is NON-contagious demodectic mange.”. UGH. :-(

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Comment on I Think They Missed Me by shannon http://shannonlhill.com/animal-welfare/i-think-they-missed-me/#comment-613 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 21:36:51 +0000 http://shannonlhill.com/?p=568#comment-613 I’m thinking Pay Per View.

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Comment on I Think They Missed Me by Gianni http://shannonlhill.com/animal-welfare/i-think-they-missed-me/#comment-497 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 00:27:52 +0000 http://shannonlhill.com/?p=568#comment-497 Please post a video of the Pekingese Circus in action. ;-)

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Comment on Shelter Politics: The Tuesday Night Meeting by teri drennan http://shannonlhill.com/animal-welfare/shelter-politics-the-tuesday-night-meeting/#comment-72 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 19:48:32 +0000 http://shannonlhill.com/?p=523#comment-72 I have been a recue group and shelter volunteer for several years and have seen some horrific examples of animal shelters. I have not decided on the privatization matter and just hope that it will be just what is best for the animals. Hate the politics!

I have pulled 78 dogs from animal shelters all over the greater Houston area in the last 4 years. So, I think I have some idea of what shelters have more heart than others. I have seen things that I still can’t believe people are capable of doing and it just gets worse.

I would like to speak about MCAS. When I was first pulling from there you could walk in to the stray hold kennels and the smell of the bloody parvo diarhea would hit you in the face. Puppies laying in it and very sick. I met a very caring lady that was working there by the name of Minda Harris. I learned she started as a volunteer and then gave up a nice cushy lucrative job and a big cut in pay to work with the animals instead. I am not sure of what her title was at that time, but she called me and other rescue groups as soon as a dog came in that we could help. She would even try to keep them in a safe place from all the germs if we were coming straight over to get them. When she became acting manager I noticed constant improvements every time I picked up a dog. There are employees there that care about the animals and now under Minda they can help make the changes. I have pulled at many shelters and have never met the mangers/directors. They are away in their offices with the doors closed and keeping the stats away from the public. With Minda it has been an open door policy and she will tell you anything you want to know. She doesn’t wear business suits and heels like the other directors because she is running around like crazy taking pics of new dogs and putting out pleas on facebook and just helping take care of the animals she loves. She is one dirty gal!! I have such respect of what she does and truly wish all of the shelters had a director of her caliber.

The volunteers at MCAS are the best I have come across on my shelter travels. You can only have the best if the manager is inviting and wants this help. Shelters like HCPHES don’t welcome volunteers, they do not want them to see what is going on and thinks it would be too much work. Very unfriendly to rescue groups also and won’t even call one before they euthanize. I think when you go to a shelter and see lots of hard working volunteers it says alot about the shelter and its management.

I decided to volunteer this past Sunday for the first time at MCAS. I went to help in the grooming room and a volunteer was bathing fleas off of a litter of puppies that had come in. They were so anemic their gums were white and skinny with huge bellies full of worms. I took one down to Minda’s open office and showed the puppy to her and another great volunteer and next thing I knew the volunteer was down there giving worm treatments and B12 shots to that new litter. I was shocked and so happy to see that.

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