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Readers defend Nature Coast animal shelter and Joanne Schoch

Don't be in a rush to put down pets | May 21 letter

See for yourself how shelter cares

The letter writer has no right to judge Joanne Schoch. Her letter was written from her heart and years of experience working in animal rescue.

We at the Nature Coast Humane Society are a no-kill shelter. We receive no funding; we are strictly run on donations from the wonderful community that we serve. You are more than welcome to come and volunteer and see for yourself.

Most county animal shelters are paid with tax dollars and have a time line for how long they can hold the animals. It is heartbreaking that this happened to this family and their beloved friend.

Hopefully these letters will help educate people on the best procedures for surrendering their pets when no other options are available to them.

Tami L. Cook, Weeki Wachee

In defense of Joanne Schoch

The letter writer should get glasses and/or learn how to read better in order to get the facts straight. Joanne Schoch runs the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. It is a no-kill shelter.

This woman and her associates are responsible for saving the lives of hundreds of dogs and cats each year, especially those on their last days in the pound before they are euthanized. Knowing this woman, if there's any chance that she could save every cat and dog in Hernando County or the state of Florida, she would if she only had the room at her facility.

No animal gets killed at this facility and every attempt is made to have happy, healthy, adoptable pets for people. Instead of writing a letter in which you do not have your facts straight, perhaps you should go there and see the work she and her associates are doing. And maybe even make a donation for your incredible mistake.

Leo R. Krahula, Spring Hill

Treat customers in respectful way

I recently had an encounter that got me to think — whatever happened to customer service? People every day are looking for customer service. When you go to Wal-Mart or even McDonald's, we all look for good customer service.

People get tips based upon the quality of service, but what about in the education institutions? Who are our customers? Is it the children or the parents? Could it be the teachers or administration? I think we must realize anyone we serve is our customer and should be treated with respect.

It has been said, "Be faithful not just when your boss is around but also when they are not looking!" If they disrespect others by talking about them when they are not around, then they will disrespect you when you are not around.

So the next time you treat your customer, ask yourself, "Am I giving my very best?"

Luis Leon, Brooksville

An inspiring bicycle adventure

Dan Dewitt's May 17 story about his bicycle adventure painted an awesome picture of our beautiful Florida counties. It also made me more aware of bicycle riders' rights, which we all should respect.

The Hernando Times is a wonderful representation of our county. I buy the Sunday edition at my favorite roadside newsstand every week because I like the paper and the exercise, but perhaps I should spring for a subscription.

I could title my own Sunday, May 17, story similar to Mr. Dewitt's: "Miles to go before I read."

A morning e-mail from a friend advised me that a picture of our Nature Coast Bridge Club officers was in the Hernando Today. Wearing my comfortable jogging outfit and clutching $1 in coins, I raced to that favorite (and nearest) roadside newsstand, and I purchased the newspaper, which I knew had a section called Hernando Today. Walked home (note not "raced" or "jogged"), searched the paper for the promised picture; not there. Tried to contact friend, unsuccessfully, so went on our club's Web site and found a flash article about the picture in the Hernando Times. Now that's more like it! Found 50 cents in change because I knew that's what the paper cost, and headed back to the newsstand. Sold out!

I remembered there was another newsstand about a mile away so reasoned I might as well go for it. By now, I'm sweating, but my mission is not complete, so I hastened my pace, got to the station, and sure enough there were copies of the St. Pete Times safely secured in the locked box — the only problem was the price at that station was $1. My 50 cents was just not buying anything! No lost coins on the ground. No kind donor stopping by. So I trudged home, and luckily found 50 cents. Once again, I set out for the newsstand, hoping my treasure had not been confiscated by some person who always has enough change. I was relieved when I saw the inviting newspaper beckoning me, and you'd better believe me I was happy to deposit my coins and collect my prize.

When I returned home, exhausted, I was rewarded with not only the color picture of our officers, but I also found a nice article about our club. Time to celebrate with a tall glass of iced tea!

Mr. Dewitt's 166-mile journey obviously tops my meager 8-mile trek, but I think I might match him on determination.

Millie Dabbs, Spring Hill

Readers defend Nature Coast animal shelter and Joanne Schoch 05/23/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 23, 2009 10:25am]
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