Pitted against emotion.
When is it providing sanctuary and when is it hoarding?
Three legged cat? No problem. Old dog with mange? Safe.
While other shelters said, “no way”, Friends for Life stepped in and not only said, “We’ll try”, but they came through with forever homes for the worse cases.
Life is an option.
Determined to do more, the group started raising money to help more animals and owners in distress. Big donors appeared.
On June 2, this group opened the Don Sanders Adoption Center, a LEED certified No Kill Animal Shelter in Houston, Texas.
It’s state of the art in design and equipment. (What? Boulder, CO? Yes, a firm there was involved in the design)
Take a tour and be amazed by clicking here.
They offer options – and life.
The ultimate success story.
But not everyone has such drive and money.
Another group works on a much smaller scale.
Camille Bogel and a group of friends and neighbors decided to do something about feral cat colonies rather than just complaining to the city.
Business professionals by day, they take time after work to call and feed ferals – lulling them into being sociable – then snatch them up. The rounded-up cats are neutered; ears notched. Sick ones are cared for as appropriate.
Then many of the captives find forever homes, while the tough unadoptable ones are released back into their colony.
The colony sizes are shrinking. (One’s almost gone as the population ages.)
The males no longer fight, yowl all the time, or wander much.
Click to see more about Montrose Bar Cats and their mission.
Oh, and send some encouraging thoughts Camille Bogel’s way – she’s been fighting breast cancer for some time.
She plans to live forever -
and the cats would be happy for that to happen.
Still need something less intense?
Here’s a desperate need – and little effort required.
Pets offer homebound and senior citizens companionship and entertainment. But times have gotten very hard – especially for the elderly.
Six years ago the Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston started delivering pet food along with their Meals on Wheel lunches. Now the aniMeals on Wheels program feeds more than 1,ooo pets a month.
Patricia Mercer, Houston SPCA President says,”Limited income and mobility often force elderly pet owners to make the difficult choice of feeding themselves or feeding their pets. AniMeals on Wheels ensures that seniors can keep and provide the very best for their beloved friends.”
Hey people – isn’t there a can or two of food on the shelf that your pet won’t touch?
Win – Win. Clean out clutter – and a senior’s pet/best friend gets to eat!
Click here for how to donate food or money: aniMeals on Wheels.
Why all these save-the-pet plugs?
To get you ready for this next story.
This week a Willis dog refuge was raided:
Spindletop in Montgomery County.
298 dogs, Pits
A two-story house and five buildings of dogs – plus a few other animals.
Authorities were notified by volunteers and neighbors that the conditions were deplorable.
The owner well know as a pit bull authority.
Someone called to testify in cases concerning the breed such as the Michael Vick case.
A person respected (since 1985) and trusted to board pit bulls whose owners had to relocate them.
A haven for abandoned, neglected, or abused pit bulls.
A place where dogs were sent for temperament evaluation and obedience training to prepare them for adoption.
A place overwhelmed.
The Humane Society of America was called in to help authorities from multiple counties working with vets from Texas A & M Vet. school along with volunteer vets from everywhere.
Katie Jarl, Texas state director for HSUS gave this statement: “We were shocked at how overcrowded this facility was. It’s clearly a hoarding case. Sometimes these people start out with good intentions and it spins out of control.”
It took over 24 hours to physically load each dog into a crate and move them to a clean safe location for evaluation and care.
Despite their deplorable conditions, one Constable said while the dogs were frightened, most seemed friendly and social.
Quite unexpected considering the pit bulls’ desperate situation.
Testament to their temperament.
Over half the dogs were not neutered.
There were signs some dogs had given birth recently – which is troubling as no puppies were found.
And there’s the question of whether the dogs were being bred.
Click for a 30 minute video of the rescue and several other video updates from authorities.“Officials seize hundreds of dogs”
Here’s another news article: “Dog Rescuers Worried and Shocked After Spindletop Refuge Raid”
Oh, the road up to the place looks nice, so how bad can it be?
There were 80 or so dogs in the two-story home.
The ammonia smell was so strong that vets gagged and had trouble going into the rooms.
Dogs were in cages/crates 23-24 hours a day
Some cages so small dogs could not stand or turn around.
No access to food or water.
Standing in urine and feces.
Some of the dogs’ feet were swollen and scalded from standing in urine and waste.
One poor dog’s paws hurt so much it preferred laying on it’s back in the slop with feet in the air.
There was a pit – a mass grave of dogs.
Now take note:
Friday morning a hearing will be held to determine the dog’s fate.
There are no plans to kill them because they are pit bulls.
Some of these dogs belong to people who paid to have them boarded. ($750. for 3 months)
If you sent a dog to Spindletop, contact:
- Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable Tim Holifield:
- CORRECTED EMAIL:
- Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 JUDGE G. TREY SPIKES
2241 North 1st Street Conroe, Texas 77301
Phone: 936-538-3788 Fax: 936-538-7732
- Owners will need proof of ownership / photos / vet records / micro chip info.
If anyone wants to help – this is a huge rescue –
Contact the Humane Society of the US to donate.
Montgomery County does not request volunteers at this time, but do say they need dog toys like Kongs and jars of peanut butter to use with those.
Please thank all Pet Smart stores for stepping up to help with toys, food, and crates.
Attention Pit Rescue groups, a lot of dogs will need good forever homes.
Sweet little doggie and kitty faces
Forever trusting, loyal, and faithful.
It’s only human to want to save them all.
Big difference between companionship and an overloaded miserable crowd.
Just barking along,
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.