|Daisy at about 6 weeks old|
|Devin at about 6 weeks old|
|"Boy" and "Girl" hanging out in their crappy neighborhood|
|"Girl" (notice all the garbage stacked up behind her)|
|"Girl" right after she was caught|
|We often found "Boy" hanging out at the car wash trying to cool off|
He proved to be a very elusive dog! We tried trapping him in one of the car wash bays by using makeshift fences and netting but he was too quick and we tried all sorts of other ideas too. I can't even tell you how many times JP, Pat, Yvonne and myself went to that awful neighborhood to try and catch Boy, it was several times per week for months on end. Of course Boy wasn't the only stray dog in the area. JP and TMHPR get a lot of requests to rescue stray dogs. We would love to save them all but before we go and get them our agreement is we have to have a place lined up for them to go. The family fostering Girl/Daisy was also willing to foster Boy so that's why we were so determined to catch him.
So he kept luring us out there and it was so sad to see all the stray dogs so we started picking them up one at a time and squeezing them into our homes even though we already had full houses.
The first "extra" stow-a-way was a cute little brown dog that we named Callie. She was part of a pack of brown dogs we'd seen hanging around and on Aug 18th we noticed her hanging out with a little scruffy chi. They were near a busy street (Jefferson) and it was dark out and we were worried they'd get hit by a car. JP had just gotten a new tool for our street dog rescues-a giant butterfly net! So we started luring the dogs over by throwing them pieces of chicken and as they started to trust us we set the net down on the ground. Then we dropped some pieces of chicken on the net and when Callie stepped on it JP scooped her up! The surprising thing about Callie is she was spayed and microchipped which is unheard of in these types of neighborhoods. We fulfilled our legal obligation and called the owners and they didn't even know she was missing! Fortunately they did not want her back, whew!
|Callie is now living with a wonderful family in Lewisville|
|Hazel was rescued on Sept 10|
The sad part though was that the rest of the brown dogs were also right there and they're all friendly and came right up to be petted. One looked to be the mom and the other two looked to be her puppies who were probably about 6 months old at the time. We hated leaving them behind but couldn't take 4 dogs at once when we didn't have fosters lined up. We'll go back for them if we find fosters.
|Momma dog and her 2 pups|
|Ripley, right after she convinced JP to take her home|
|Ripley made herself right at home!|
|Love her ears!|
|Boy-right after he was caught|
|Boy, now named Zeus|
Two were male and the other eight were female. Had we not intervened, each of the female dogs had the potential to produce two litters each year, well since Callie was spayed that would have left a possibility of 14 litters each year! Those that survived puppyhood would have lived sad, short, desperate lives on the streets or they'd end up at the full animal shelter where less than 30% of the dogs entering make it out alive. We hope that helps people further understand the importance of spay/neuter!
We love saving the street dogs and are so grateful for your ongoing support. We've made goal for our 2011 street dog campaign but more donations are always greatly appreciated and will help us in 2012. Please donate via this razoo link, we are a 501c3 and will send you a tax receipt, thanks! http://www.razoo.com/story/Saving-Street-Dogs
We are shocked that no one has adopted Daisy or Devin yet! They're now about 5 months old and are in a foster home with kids and another dog. They are wonderful pups! Penny will be available for adoption after she completes heartworm treatment. For info on adopting Daisy, Devin or Penny please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We do adoptions in the DFW area. For info on fostering, please email email@example.com. Thanks!