Get Delilah home!I’ve seen several stories like this–a dog befriended by a soldier. This dog is name Delilah and this soldier is from Houston and part of the Texas National Guard. They’re so lose to their goal of just $4200 to get Delilah to Houston. Five bucks. It’ll make a difference. Let’s bring them home!


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.

I’d heard about this web site in a BARC forum a few days ago. This morning, it was mentioned it on the radio. It’s also on I decided I had to visit It’s effective. It grabs you with the sweet puppy pictures and the harsh words.

It didn’t pull up any dogs in the Houston area–our shelters must not be listed. There’s plenty of good articles and info in the Education Corner. The Memorial page is gut wrenching.

I wonder if people actually knew how many animals were put down in a day they’d rethink their decisions about buying pets and about having their pets spayed/neutered. Or will they just think it’s sad, but not their problem?

I have last years’ Saving Animals/Astros calendar that featured players’ pets and BARC pets. They’ve done it again this year and will have an autograph and free microchipping event Saturday, September 29, 2007. Details:

Astros Players to Host Autograph Signing for 2008 Player & Pet Calendar!
Dogs Receive FREE Advantage Flea Prevention and resQ Microchip from Bayer

Houston Astros Dave Borkowski, Chad Qualls, and Chris Sampson, Saving Animals’ Pet Adoption Center, Bayer Animal Health, Northwest Mall, People and Pets.

The 2008 Astros Player and Pet Calendars are hot off the press! Attend the kick-off event and be among the first to purchase the calendar and have Astros players autograph your copy. Dogs (on a leash or in a carrier, please) attending with their human will receive a free resQ identification microchip implanted by Saving Animals’ veterinarians. Plus, every calendar includes a coupon for a free tube of Advantage® flea control

Bayer Animal Health generously sponsored the production of the 2008 Astros Player & Pet Calendar. Educational messages in the calendar promote animal health care and the importance of permanent identification for dogs and cats.

The 14-month calendars are only $15.00 (plus shipping and handling if ordered on-line) and available at most Texas Petco stores. Calendars are also available at The Shed souvenir store in Minute Maid Park, in the ballpark souvenir stores in Round Rock and Corpus Christi, and at and

Saturday, September 29, 2007, 10:00 a.m. to noon CDT

Saving Animals Pet Adoption Center at Northwest Mall
9800 Hempstead Hwy. at Loop 610
Entrance D
Houston, Texas

Visit Houston’s BARC shelter Saturday, August 25, 2007, for the second annual Wags to Whiskers event.  Here’s some info I received by email:

Hello –

This Saturday is the second Wags to Whiskers event at BARC.  If you or any of your friends or family are looking for a new dog or cat BARC is hosting Wags to Whiskers this Saturday from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Come by and meet the cats and dogs, enter for a door prize, bring donations of towels, blankets, etc. and enjoy the sunshine with free food too!  We will also be celebrating the grand opening of the new cat habitat!  The cats can now run and play while they wait to be adopted.

We are in need of volunteers to help us with dog walking, dog bathing and adoption counseling.  The shifts are 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or all day 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.  If you are interested in volunteering please e-mail Julie Keeton at

Hope to see you ALL there!

There are so many beautiful, worthy pets at BARC. And unfortunately, not many Houstonians even know about the shelter. Spread the word!

Even if you’re not in the position to adopt, they’re also looking for supplies like blankets, towels, leashes, newspaper, cat litter.

Everyday, I read horrible, depressing stories about how people treat animals. Over time, it has made me lose faith in people.  But then some days, I’m pleasantly surprised. Saturday was one of those days.

My neighborhood association chose BARC as their charity to support this quarter. I contacted the coordinator to see how I could help–set up, transport stuff, whatever she needed. She seemed happy to have my help.

So the day came. I feared a low turnout. I showed up at the collection spot with a bunch of donations–I wanted to stage them so it appeared to be a good turnout no matter what. I discovered that my expectations were set too low.

People–my neighbors–came in droves with piles of newspapers, paper towels, old bath towels, pet shampoo, canned food, cash, everything you could think of. Two women pulled up in a pick-up and the entire bed was full of donations. At one point, there was a line of people waiting to drop off donations.

What topped off this perfect morning was that people asked how they could do more. If I wasn’t so busy sorting, stacking, greeting, and thanking, I think I would have cried.

Maybe people aren’t that bad after all.

Those Pedigree shelter dog commercials get me all choked up (but I’m kind of a sap, too).

But it does seem Pedigree (owned by Mars Incorporated–the candy people) is putting their money where their mouth is (or at least that’s their spin). I visited their web site and found some interesting offers. If you adopt a dog in 2007, Pedigree will give you a month of free dog food (mail in offer). Excellent offer. You can get a free Dogs Rule T-shirt through the mail with a qualifying purchase. There are also offers to help homeless dogs. Click on the black and yellow Pedigree Adoption Drive banner and they will donate $1 to American Humane.

The one I especially liked was if you donate a 22 lb. bag of dog food to a shelter (through Pedigree’s online store), they’ll match it. The bags are $9.99 each. You do have to select from a shelter on their list. There are a number of Houston-area shelters listed, including BARC (listed as City of Houston Animal).