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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Mayor Seeks Volunteers for PAWS

Below was submitted by Mayor Pat Ahumada:

PAWS Committee meets the first Friday of the month at Pet Smart, at 6:00 p.m. We need serious and consistent volunteers to help with adoptathons at the Flea Market and Pet Smart on weekends. We also need those who are willing and can foster pets that are scheduled to be euthanized.

The Brownsville Mayor's and PAWS Motorcycle Tour against the "inhumane treatment of animals" will be leaving Friday, November 7, 2008 betweeen 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. (stet) to Laredo, Texas and then will join Governor Eugenio Hernandez Flores in Nuevo Laredo on November 8, 2008 on a tour from Nuevo Laredo to Matamoros, Tamaulipas.

There will be free banquets, live entertainment with well known pop stars and comedians and there will have raffles giving away motorcyles to some seven lucky participants. Everyone who rides a motorcycle is welcome to join this motorcycle rally. I will be taking a motor home (RV) as a base and we will have a support team escorting us to and from the rally. There is group rates for hotel rooms at Laredo, Texas and there will be facilities to camp out and we will transport your sleeping bag.

There will be free shirts commemorating the rally, along with patches until we run out. You can pre register at

For more information, please contact Judge Ben Neece at or at 956/459-9263, or myself at or 956/543-3695. A $10.00 donation, per rider, to help offset costs is appreciated.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the info.

Friday, November 07, 2008  
Blogger Stan said...

I applaud the mayor's commitment to this issue, but I wonder when the administration is going to move us towards being a no kill city. Volunteerism is going to only going to get us so far and, frankly, we're already about as far as we can get.

It will require a definite education of the populace of the responsibilities of pet ownership and consequences of irresponsibility and a regulatory framework with some teeth to deal with overbreeding and neglect.

Friday, November 07, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hola Stan,
Went to the PAWS Commette Meetting (meeting are the 1st Fri of the Month at Pet Smart) and the goal is to be self sustain and be able to buy enough land (pledge money, trust money, Fundation money) to be able to have a neuter, no kill, trainning, safe haven area for all four legged one.
The Mission of PAWS is to work in Colaboration with other entities (CITY, COUNTY, STATE) for the better treatment of animals.
Here is one of the many link..


Saturday, November 08, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless Brownsville PAWS obtains tax exempt status from the IRS and becomes a 501(c)(3) charitable organization they will not be able to raise the money needed to move them forward.

My modest proposal is a city-wide spay/neuter ordinance. It's a good starting point.

Saturday, November 08, 2008  
Blogger Stan said...

Those are good goals and an animal lover's dream, but the city and animal control have no function?

I've been to a PAWS meeting and, while there are some important things getting done there, the most important ones, it seems to me, are not getting done.

First, education. Citizens and residents need to understand the obligations of pet ownership, particularly to control reproduction. That's the nut of the problem there. As a group, we residents allow our animals to over-produce.

Second, regulation. We need a series of ordinances that require proper treatment of animals. While I realize that a good many ordinances are probably on the books already, they need to be brought up to date and harmonized and strengthened to move us to being an animal-friendly city, not only because we treat animals humanely but because we keep their reproduction at sensible numbers. San Antonio recently re-vamped their laws after much study and the reports are good so far. They have some free zones for animals. The Japanese Gardens, an old quarry, has a cat population of captured, neutered, and released animals.

I'm not suggesting we copy them necessarily, but to look at their model. I took a copy of SA's ordinances to a PAWS meeting and asked that the city employee who was acting as liason forward it to the mayor. But it's online at SA's website and viewable by anyone.

Here's their plan for being no-kill by 2012:

Saturday, November 08, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Unless Brownsville PAWS obtains tax exempt status from the IRS and becomes a 501(c)(3)

Stan, PAWS has the 501c3, NEXT weekend is the PAWS Golf Tournament.

Sunday, November 09, 2008  
Blogger Stan said...

So PAWS is the total solution to animal control?

Sunday, November 09, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PAWS is not the total solution to animal control. We need ordinances and education just like you said. The most significant changes will require efforts in public policy. I strongly favor a spay/neuter ordinance in Brownsville.

Sunday, November 09, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I guess there is hope to have lawmakers abide by the law!

Lawmaker must pay more than $28,000

By Renée C. Lee- Houston Chronicle HOUSTON — A lawmaker from The Woodlands has been ordered to pay more than $28,000 for illegally using campaign money to pay his wife for office services and for certain living expenses at an Austin condominium.

Republican Rep. Rob Eissler had until Nov. 1 to pay a $10,600 fine for violating state law and to reimburse $18,106 to his campaign fund, according to a Texas Ethics Commission order.

The final order was issued Oct. 30 after Eissler met its stipulations.

The commission received four complaints against Eissler, all accusing him of misappropriating campaign funds. One of the complaints was filed by Woodlands resident Mike Donnelly in August 2007.

Eissler did not return calls seeking comment last week. Eissler, who represents District 15, was unopposed for re-election Tuesday.

Donnelly said he filed the complaint because he doesn't believe Eissler is setting a good example.

The commission investigated the complaints and later proposed a resolution in February, and Eissler agreed to it, said commission spokeswoman Natalia Ashley.

The commission found that Eissler violated the elections code when he paid his wife $54,000 from October 2003 to June 2006 for “services.” Eissler told the commission that his wife, Linda, served as a manager for his campaign, according to the final order. She also was the bookkeeper, scheduler and secretary, he said.

Sunday, November 09, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are PAWS and the Brownsville SPCA working together?

Patricia A.

Sunday, November 09, 2008  
Blogger Kurgan said...

Now THIS has been an educational discussion. Thank you.

Sunday, November 09, 2008  

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