This guy was an owner surrender to HSYC because his owner didn't have time to spend with him. He went to Texas Cattle Dog Rescue and they saw potential in him as a Search and Rescue dog. He was evaluated and is now a working dog!
Congratulations to TCDR alum Eddie (FKA Rogan) and his adopter, Stephanie! Ed is the new member of the Travis County Search & Rescue K9 team! He passed his screening with flying colors and is now working toward his certification.
We're not crying, you're crying!
Walter was a young Lab that came to us a stray and was never reclaimed. One day, our evaluators noticed that he had a lot of drive. He was pulled out and tested and found to also have a lot of high energy focus. Evaluators contacted Bob and Karen Deeds and set up a time for Walter to come for a more formal test. Walter showed so much promise he stayed at the Deed's place for some training. Walter ended up going into detection work, for a child with peanut allergies!
Some of our stories have an ugly start. We recently received a call from the Olney PD. A seizure warrant was being issued for 4 dogs left abandoned in a house. When the animals came to the shelter, none looked great, but one, in particular, was very concerning. Mr. Fezziwig could barely stand on his own and couldn't walk. He was emaciated and cold to the touch. He was sent to the vet clinic where his condition could be monitored overnight. His bloodwork showed abnormal readings consistent with long-term starvation. He also had an old eye injury. Once he was evaluated and given fluids, he was put on a refeeding schedule (so as not to be overwhelmed with too much food at once), and started an eye ointment. After being released from the vet, Mr. Fezzi went home with a foster who could monitor his health and feed him the required 6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm and 10pm feedings of prescription dog food and treat his eye injury 3 times daily.
Deedee, another of the dogs in the seizure went in for her spay appointment and it was discovered that she had multiple ovarian cysts which were removed. In January she was accepted into the SOS program with Mazie's Mission in Carrolton to find out why she was retaining fluids. After extensive testing, labs, & radiographs, DeeDee's vet concluded that she likely had cancer. She was put on Hopsice care with her very loving foster mom. We are happy that her foster gave her all the love and attention she deserved. Hospice fostering isn't easy and we appreciate the dedication & devotion shown by DeeDee's foster. The others, Tinsel and Figgy Pudding have put on weight and are doing great and were placed into wonderful forever homes.
Honey and Tala came to us after their owner passed away. Tala was found lying with her person after he had passed. A family member tried to take Honey and Tala, but unfortunately her landlord wasn't sympathetic, so to the shelter these girls came. Honey is a happy-go-lucky girl, but Tala is the constant worrier. Of course, shelter life hasn't been easy for her. After being in the shelter since August (it was now December), it became clear that Tala would need to move soon. A massive share campaign began with shelter staff and volunteers sharing photos, videos, and stories of these 2 girls--especially the plight of Tala whose stress level was beginning the get the better of her. Eventually a board member shared these girls to a rescue in Washington--Brave Bully Rescue where a Seattle family read about Tala and thought they would be a good fit. An application was sent in and reviewed, Honey was discussed, lots of discussions back and forth and this family decided these 2 girls are a great fit and we agree. Now for the complicated part--to get these 2 girls on the road to their forever home! Enter HSYC Board President Jaclyn, who burns up the roads transporting animals for the shelter. Jaclyn used her Christmas vacation to drive these 2 girls to meet up with their forever family in Portland, OR--an almost 2,000 mile road trip one way! We were exstatic to have these girls home for the holidays!
Apple's Big Adventure
Apple came to the shelter at a very young age with her littermates--really too young to be away from mom. After doing some growing up and getting all the required vaccinations and spay, the shelter received an inquiry--how hard are out-of-state adoptions? Well, that depends! How hard are you willing to work to make it happen? This family lives up north and specifically wanted to rescue a cat from an over-crowded southern shelter--well, that's us! After all the necessary things (application/approval/etc) were taken care of, we set out looking for a way to get Apple to Massachusettes! First of all, she was able to catch a ride to Missouri with a load of dogs going to rescue. She spent a few nights with a transport coordinator and then was on her way. Thanks to a network of volunteers driving legs of the trip, and thanks to her new family who drove many hours, Apple made it to her forever home! What a lucky kitty!
Wiki Goes to Boston
When we posted Wiki on our Adoptable Pets page, we figured on getting applications from Graham, maybe even Wichita Falls or Ft Worth/Dallas area. When an application arrived from Massachusetts we weren't sure we could make it work. After the usual application reviews, etc and the adopter checked out with a home that was a perfect fit for Wiki, we started looking at options. One of our Board members just happened to have a friend preparing to fly to Boston who was excited to help Wiki get home. It took some dedication and work, but once the health certificate and other paperwork was in order, Wiki boarded the plan and flew to Boston to meet her new mom! We think they make a very cute family!