In October, circulating on Facebook, there were posts making fraudulent statements about Shawnee's Animal Shelter, Shawnee Police Chief Mason Wilson said, and he made the public aware of them.

In October, circulating on Facebook, there were posts making fraudulent statements about Shawnee's Animal Shelter, Shawnee Police Chief Mason Wilson said, and he made the public aware of them.

The Saving Shawnee Animals (SSA) rescue group Facebook post was giving area residents the wrong idea about the city's shelter, Wilson said.

According to the SSA, its Facebook page was created and is maintained by the Friends of Shawnee Animals (FOSA).

Ultimately, FOSA recently was barred from working with the shelter because it was behind on paperwork, which breached a condition of its contract.

The police department has had several meetings with local rescue groups, Wilson said.

Since then, Wilson and representatives of FOSA have been working together to resolve the issues, and, as a result, have achieved a satisfactory outcome.

“FOSA, the focus of an earlier press release,” he said, “has since shown us hundreds of records representing care they have given to animals. They have spent thousands of dollars on veterinarian care for rescued animals.”

Wilson said FOSA has assured him they will remove inaccurate information from their website.

“FOSA has advised they made a few staff changes and we all have agreed it is time to move forward for the good of the animals,” Wilson said.

He said he looks forward to a productive-working relationship with FOSA and the other rescues.

“We are happy to announce several improvements at the Shawnee Animal Shelter,” Shawnee Police Chief Mason Wilson said. “We have started our new spay and neuter program, as funding allows, we will be spaying and neutering the adoptable dogs and cats.”

He said the shelter is very lucky to have local veterinarians who have agreed to assist with this program.

“We recently had four dogs and four cats spayed and neutered,” he said. “We have already adopted three of those dogs and three of the cats. These animals also receive their vaccinations, making them more adoptable with less hassle for potential pet owners.”

A shift is being made regarding the role local animal rescues will be allowed to play in helping at the shelter.

“We will be implementing a volunteer program to allow volunteers to assist at the Animal Shelter and interact with the animals,” Wilson said. “The local rescues will play an important role in our volunteer program.”

The shelter also has improved the diet of the animals there, he said.

“Something as simple as a food change can benefit the health and welfare of the animals in our shelter,” he said.

Wilson said he wants everyone to view the Animal Shelter as a place to adopt loving pets.

“We will continue to improve our facility and operations to reinforce that view,” he said.

To view animals up for adoption, visit the shelter site, at shawneeok.org, and choose Animal Shelter from the menu.

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.