Parker County Today August 2017 - Page 8

our cover: CHARITY OF THE YEAR Weatherford/ Parker County Animal Shelter: Taking Care of Both Animals and People of Parker County The WPCAS Just Won Charity of the Year — Here’s Why BY EMMA MOORMAN O ne of the core values behind the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter is to actively work with the community to foster safe, healthy and caring relationships between people and animals in the Weatherford/Parker County commu- nity. When people think animal shel- ter, they think of a place full of cages and sad animals waiting to be taken to their forever homes — or worse. However, the WPCAS is different, not only because they have a beau- tiful facility, loving staff members and volunteers that make sure each animal is loved and cared for, but because they have shown time and time again that they care for the people of Parker County just as much 6 Max and Maxine as the animals. A great example of this can be found in the story of Renata Hudson and her dogs, Max and Maxine. When Hudson was diagnosed with cancer, her husband thought it would be a good idea for them to get some dogs to help her cope with her treatment. Hudson was able to beat cancer and move on with her life with the help of her dogs. Unfortunately, around a year later, her husband passed away. “Her husband was everything for her; he did everything,” Dustin Deel, Director of Municipal and Community Services, said. “With the