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Posted on: January 18, 2018

City separates from TASKK animal group

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The City of Taylor has decided to immediately separate from the Volunteers of the Taylor Animal Shelter (commonly referred to as TASKK), an animal support group. City officials thank the group for their support of the Taylor Animal Shelter, but constant differences of opinion and disagreements between the group and staff have dictated this separation.

Volunteers have always been welcome at the Taylor Animal Shelter, and will continue to be welcome in the future. However, the City is clearly separating from TASKK. We are currently seeking individual volunteers to assist with dog walking.

Over the past weekend, conflicts developed between key members of TASKK and City of Taylor staff, which caused the City administration to reevaluate its relationship with volunteer organizations as a whole, and TASKK in particular. Previously, members of TASKK have disagreed too often over operations and procedures within the facility, and have clearly overstepped their bounds. This is not the first time difficulties have arisen from such conflicts.

“We have one focus at the animal shelter, and that is the well-being of the animals in our care,” Mayor Rick Sollars said. “While our shelter staff and TASKK often share that goal, conflicts between staffers and these types of groups can often deter from the our main focus, and interfere with operations at the facility.”

“I want to thank the volunteers from TASKK for all the help that they have provided to date,” Sollars said. “This decision has been made for the greater good of the Taylor Animal Shelter. I am disappointed that some members continue to be misleading on social media outlets.

“We will continue to keep the needs of the animals as our primary focus. Over the past four years, we have made great improvements to the shelter. This is a blueprint that we will continue to follow.”

The City will continue to welcome individual volunteers and monetary donations aimed at supporting animals housed in the facility, as it always has done. Contrary to some reports on social media, this separation will have no effect on the well-being of the animals in the shelter, whose care has always been the responsibility of a full-time staff at the facility.

Taylor is a no-kill-for-adoptables facility. Various improvements have been made to the location over the past four years, including interior renovations and exterior, fenced “dog runs” where the animals can exercise. Department of Public Services was already in the process of reexamining all aspects of its operation, and will continue to do so.

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