Sep 1, 2017

Update: How We are Helping Victims of Harvey

Harvey survivor found in Houston floods
Harvey survivor found in Houston floods

We have been asked to take in as many displaced animals as possible, and we are doing whatever we can to support our friends in Southeast Texas.  We have already taken in a few displaced cats and dogs, and because our shelter is small, we are asking for your help.  Many of you have responded to our call by submitting foster applications.  We are eternally grateful for your support as it demonstrates how committed our small, but mighty network is! 

If you are able, we ask that you consider opening your home to foster a displaced cat or dog.  Through our foster program, we provide medical care and food, crates, leashes, and other necessary items…all you need to do is provide shelter and love!  The funding that results from this campaign will go toward assisting our foster volunteers with this effort. 

 

UPDATES:

This week, we have been busy collecting supplies like crates, foods, leashes, etc. and handing them out to directly affected shelters.  Collected supplies will be allocated to our fosters as well as neighboring shelters aiding in this major rescue effort.

We have also welcomed Luna, a gorgeous 6-month old Weimaraner.  Her family lost everything in Rockport, TX, and they have asked us to keep her safe until they can get back on their feet (hopefully within a month).  We have also welcomed 3 cats from Rockport, TX as well, looking for a temporary place to crash while their humans get back on their feet.  A good Samaritan found two Chihuahua babies floating in the Houston floods, and they have been brought to our shelter.  They are now safe in a foster home.

These people are doing the right thing despite the circumstances; they are taking care of those innocent animals who do not have a voice and are often forgotten in times of disaster.  These are the same people that have lost everything and have nowhere to turn.  They have done their part, now let’s do ours. 

Thank you for your support!

Harvey survivor found in Houston floods
Harvey survivor found in Houston floods
Harvey flood survivors
Harvey flood survivors
Displaced cats from Rockport, TX
Displaced cats from Rockport, TX
Luna; displaced pup from Rockport, TX
Luna; displaced pup from Rockport, TX
Jun 20, 2017

It Takes a Village...

Rufus in Foster Care
Rufus in Foster Care

Hello Everyone and Happy Summer!

I hope everyone had a nice spring and that you are looking forward to those lazy, hot days of summer! Though the Texas heat may be building, we are working hard to rennovate our dog area at the shelter.  You may recall from previous updates that our goal is to create both indoor and outdoor access for each kennel.  We will be replacing our current cooling system, industrial fans and misters, with air conditioning.  I have included a picture that displays our current progress, some of which has been slowed due to inclement weather (so much rain!).  We will continue to keep you posted on our progress!

There is one, minor detail missing from the picture provided...our dogs!  Where are they?!  Well, in early May we put out a call to you all, asking if our dogs could "crash with you" while the shelter is being rennovated.  We'd provide leashes, food, medicine and crates if you would provide the LOVE.  Boy, did you ever!  To all of those currently fostering our precious pups, THANK YOU!  It truly takes a village...

Here is an update from one of our foster parents, Hallie, regarding Rufus:

"He's doing great and nailing his potty training. He's loving life! He met a dog friend in our apartment complex and they absolutely LOVE playing. As you can see, he's also a sweet snuggle bug - and quite the lady's man" "

In lieu of Mother's Day, we wanted to pay special tribute to our momma cats who work to survive the streets with their litters of kittens.  Often times, these mothers and her babies are brought to the shelter, with the mommas being overlooked and some even left to spend their lives at DKC.  As mothers of human-babies and fur-babies alike, we wanted to make sure these mommas knew how much we appreciate them, especially those that pull double-duty nursing abandoned kittens that arrive as stragglers!  Thus, this May was dedicated to providing a successful, social media campagin where our fearless mommas enjoyed the spotlight!

More shelter news:

We are learning sign language!  Haven (see picture) was transferred from another, rural shelter in south Dallas This furry angel is deaf but that does not slow her down. She loves to lay in laps and get belly rubs. We are training her via sign language and showing her how to play with toys.  She is an absolute doll, and we hope there is room in someone's heart for this special needs pup.  

So far in 2017, a total of 139 cats and 61 dogs found their furever homes.  That allowed us to make room for 181 cats and 61 dogs who were new to the shelter.  

 

How about a few feel good stories?

One of our shelter pups, Beatle, was adopted by Ashlee.  Beatle had been in the shelter 2 months before finding his furever home.  Ashlee recently reported that Beatle, now Rocky, has completed his training to become a certified service dog!  He wears an official vest, too!  Thanks for the update, Ashlee...we are so proud of Rocky!

Lastly, we received this sweet message from a couple who adopted a dog from us almost 9 years ago! We love the photos and the kind words and are so happy to know that Zuma found a family that loves him so much

 

"I thought you may want to see how one of your graduates is doing. My wife and I, Pat and Camille, adopted our Chow mix, Zuma, on July 3rd, 2008. He adapted quickly to his new home. But, we were afraid there may have been something wrong with his voice, as never barked once for about three days. Believe me, he is now over it.

I just wanted to comment on the great job you guys do and your devotion to all our animal friends. Of course, Zuma doesn't think he's an animal, he believes he's human. I am attaching two photos; one of the day we brought him home, the other a current photo.

Please know that your efforts are very worthwhile, and your entire staff should be commended on a job well done!

Sincerely,

Pat, Camille, and Zuma "   

Thanks Pat and Camile...it sounds like Zuma did alright for himself.  ;)

 

Have a great summer and thanks for your support!

Buddy looking for a foster!
Buddy looking for a foster!
Ophelia, another momma!
Ophelia, another momma!
Dog Kennels under construction
Dog Kennels under construction
Rocky, now a service dog!
Rocky, now a service dog!
Zuma
Zuma
Mar 23, 2017

Spring Update: Adoptions and Shelter Renovations!

Cynthia with Alien
Cynthia with Alien

Winter Raffle Results:  We had another, awesome year with our winter raffle.  Thanks to our donors, we were able to present a raffle prize list including Southwest Airlines tickets, a personal photography session, Barse jewelry, Kendra Scott jewelry, a 55" Samsung TV, cat and dog goodie baskets, and the list went on!  In summary, we were able to raffle off 27 great prizes, resulting in a grand donation total of $15,825!  We couldnt be happier about the amount of money raised.  Thanks to all of our supporters whom helped make this year's event another success!  This money will be used to support the daily needs of our shelter.  

Shelter Rennovation Update:  The weather is really starting to (really) warm up, and we are thinking ahead to our next rennovation project at the shelter:  dog kennels!  We are in the process of getting bids to help update our area for our pups. Our hope is to build kennels that allow dogs to have both indoor and outdoor access.  We'd like to replace our current cooling system, industrial fans and misters, with air conditioning.  We will be sure to keep you updated on our progress!  

February Adoptions:  38 Dog & Kitty City pets found their forever homes in February! We also took in 35 new dogs and cats. 

Do you recognize any of the names below?  

Adopted Cats:  Bambi, Sam, Grandy, Becky, Percy, Blondie, Alien, Maurine, Willow, Lovey, Betha, Pickles, Taz, Vivian, Honey, Love, King, Brigid, Pumpkin, Peace, Pudding, Finley, Kimmy, Pretzel, Vallorie, Porsha, Jaws, Ady, Nando

Adopted Dogs:  Adkim, Alex, Biscuit, Auto, Gizmo, Al, Tucker, Princess, Sugar

Lastly, a great adoption story!  Four of our feline friends adopted so far this year in were FeLV positive, and we are truly thankful to their new families for giving them an opportunity at a new life.  Jessie, Nessie, Alien, and Sam were all diagnosed with  Feline Leukemia, a disease that impairs a cat's immune system and can cause certain types of cancer to develop.  Sadly, cats with known conditions such as this one tend to get overlooked at shelters, so when we have a story such as this one to tell, we are sincerley grateful. It should also be known that cats that are FeLV positive can still lead long and happy lives.  Cats can remain healthy for months or years after their diagnosis until the virus becomes active.  No matter the diagnosis or prognosis, we are very grateful to the families that adopted Jessie, Nessie, Sam, and Alien.  We hope for many years of happiness and laughter, and we thank you for making a difference for these tiny and deserving souls.  

 

Jessie
Jessie
Nessie
Nessie
 
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