Willow Needs Your Help

August 18, 2008


Help Willow with her Vet Bills
Help Willow with her Vet Bills

This sweetie is Willow, rottweiler puppy rescued from BARC, Houston animal control/City pound, at the end of July after all of her litter mates were euthanized.

Willow has spent her very short life in and out of a shelter, foster homes, and vet clinics. One minute is seems like she’s fine, the next she’s in an oxygen tent fighting for her life. Rottilove Rescue is footing the bill while vets try to do their best to make her healthy. Willow has pneumonia and an oxygen block in her lungs. This is a photo I took of her the day she was sprung from a certain death from the shelter.

The bills have really stacked up for the small, underfunded Rottweiler rescue group. They could use some help with Willow’s treatment. Bills for this little pup will exceed $1000. I’ve pitched in $100 and will try to do another $100 in September.

No amount is too small. Seriously, $5 can help! Donations can be sent to:
Rottilove Rescue, Inc.
175 Fawn Ridge Rd.
Cedar Creek, TX 78612
Include a note that your donation is for Willow. Rottilove is a 501c3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Willow in an Oxygen Tank


Willow in an Oxygen Tank

Don’t let funding get in the way of this little pound puppy having the life she deserves.


O Happy Day for Mel

August 16, 2008

I’m so happy! Melbourne, my Australian Cattle Dog foster, has officially been adopted. There ended up being several people interested in him but the final choice was pretty obvious. Mel’s new Dad is a very nice guy who had a heeler for 15 years. Man and dog bonded almost immediately. Mel will live in the city but will spend weekends in the country on several acres with cattle. Mel the cow dog will get a chance to see cows! The adopter is willing to continue to work with Mel on obedience and socialization and seems to be a very committed owner. I couldn’t be more thrilled. I hope there will be many happy days ahead for Mel. He has been through a lot and he deserves a happy and fun-filled life.

I guess this is the City of Houston’s idea of a hurricane evacuation plan for BARC, the animal control shelter. City bureaucracy at its finest.

FOSTERS!!! HELP NEEDED! See below from Dr. O. They are asking us to help evacuate dogs and cats from BARC and house them temporarily during the storm. This would obviously be a short term foster need…hopefully only a day or two and the animals can go back to BARC.

It is my understanding that Sean Hawkins is organizing an air transport of some dogs and cats to Denver. Not sure how many will be going. Obviously, if we can get some of the dogs and cats out and housed here that would be better. If you can go get a dog/cat or two or three, please go now! I believe that all dogs and cats not taken today will be euthanized.

Please respond with questions to kdeffebach@sbcglobal.net or call me 713-412-1693.


—–Original Message—–
From: Ohashiegbula-Iwunze, Eunice – HLT
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2008 1:13 PM
Subject: Re: Hurricane Warning- is BARC in need of help today??
Importance: High

It is official, spread the word and come get them. Only south kennels first.
Eunice Ohashiegbula-Iwunze
Division Manager
Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care
Dept of Health and Human Services
City of Houston
2700 Evella
713 229 7309

SavingAnimals.org has apparently chartered a 757 to transport 300 cats and dogs to Denver. Apparently they’re still trying to get recipients on that end. We’ll see what happens.