Spring is vanishing today – summer arrives at 6:09 p.m. Dallas time. Prediction: It will get hotter around here.
OK, having exhibited my staggering weather forecasting genius, here’s the thing to remember: We cite the 4-day snapshot stats we published yesterday courtesy of Dallas Animal Services: 419 animals into the shelter in four days and only 98 out. With that in mind, read on about street and shelter challenges:
SIX TO GO: But go where? Rescuer Dianne Cole, who we usually mention in connection with dogs on the Mountain View College campus where she works, is concerned about this six-pack of wandering dogs.
She took photos of these dogs lounging at a service station at Duncanville Road and Illinois Avenue in southwestern Dallas. Why just take photos and not take the dogs? Because like so many in animal rescue, the Cole Family Inn For Wayward Animals is full. There’s no room. There is no place for even one more dog. At that point, you turn to others for help.
[Larry aside: That’s in Zip Code 75211 which happens to be among the areas covered by the Big Fix in Big D spay/neuter program. One might suspect that the reason a half-dozen dogs are lounging loose at a filling station is something drew them there. It wasn’t cheap gas.]
Here’s Dianne’s story about her Tuesday morning discovery: "I know it's a longshot...but maybe some rescue group might help get these dogs off the streets.
”On my way to work this morning about 6:30, I spotted six, yes SIX, stray dogs lying in the parking lot of this convenience store on the southeast corner of Duncanville Road and Illinois Avenue. All six of them are medium to large...4 are all black. One looks like a black lab mix, one looks like a black chow mix and the other 2 black ones are anybody's guess; one is black and white spotted like a bird dog; and the last one was a brown/black shepherd mix. I have seen the spotted dog and the black lab before, but was shocked to see the other four, though I think the black chow was actually on campus last week by my building. They were all just lounging around...not bothering anyone. I didn't have time to stop, but I think they may all be friendly though probably very skittish. When I drove by at lunch and again on my way home none of them were to be seen, so I have no idea of where they go during the day. It's usually early in the mornings when they are out.
“I posted the photo on my Facebook page hoping someone would offer some help. I simply cannot rescue them as I'm at my limit and have nowhere to put them. That is a particularly busy intersection and I worry about their safety, plus it's in a part of town where they could easily be picked up and used as bait dogs. If I should see one of them injured or dead on the side of the road I will be devastated and my guilt will be crushing because I didn't do more.
”I'm very seriously considering calling DAS. As much as I hate to see them go to a shelter I'd have even more seeing one of them injured or killed.”
Anybody have any suggestions? Click comments below and let us know or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Larry aside: Six dogs lounging on the grass at a filling station – this is published for you Dallas people who say, “Why, I never see strays in Dallas.” You just ain’t lookin’, chump.]
ARLINGTON NOTE: A mid-morning note from someone concerned with Arlington Animal Services reports, "We have 29 dogs on the urgent list and 11 of those are in danger of being eu'd today at 2 p.m. if not adopted or rescued." The volunteer link to the urgents is HERE.
BLESSED EVENTS: Dallas Animal Services has a ton of momma dogs and puppies. Of course, that’s not news – it’s just a fact. For instance, yesterday afternoon, DAS’ Mark Cooper sent out a note about this black dog – a longhaired Chihuahua mix – arriving at the shelter and giving birth to five tiny puppies. So, they don’t all arrive as strays -- many of them – dogs and cats – are born in the city’s shelter. (To help with these, e-mail email@example.com or call 214-670-8298.) And, oh, yeah, it's National Adopt-a-Cat Month and DAS is running a special on cats (and dogs) and there are plenty of all ages of both in the giant shelter. (See www.dallasanimalservices.org.)
Same "born-in-a-shelter" thing going on at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake Shelter in Tool, Texas, about an hour southeast of Dallas – lots of Dallasites have property near the lake and support the society’s works.
In this case, Shelter Director Krista Mc Anally reports that “this little girl came into the shelter with Animal Control. She is very pregnant and needs your help.” So, here’s a chance for humans to help a dog and her yet-to-be-born family. (E-mail Krista at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 903-432-3422.)
Oh, and don’t forget Collin County Animal Services in McKinney. You’ll love this story from shelter walking volunteer Allison Roberts. She writes, “This Aussie was brought in with 2 other dogs to go in bite quarantine -- one of the 3 dogs bit someone that was walking by the house and they weren't sure which of the 3 dogs did it. This girl is very, very sweet so we don't think she is the one that bit. She is a total cuddler - just a doll. While in quarantine at the shelter, this girl had puppies! They are about 10 days old. One of her puppies did not make it… These dogs have owners who were supposed to be coming for them, but they have not come! So now they are available and need out immediately. “
You see this "glad to meechya" look on the face of one of Mom's little pups. To ask about mom and the pups, email both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allison says the shelter “is still full - so far we have just barely kept up with intake. EUs could happen any day. It is still very, very serious.”
LOOKING FOR DIRECTORS: You may recall that personal efforts saved the Cedar Hill Pet Memorial Park, that cemetery along U.S. 67 in the suburb south of Dallas. Theresa Brandon of the Park’s board says that there are two openings on the board and “2e are looking for nominations of individuals who may fit the bill. We are looking for individuals who understand our devotion to pets.” They must also have time to volunteer, their own transportation and computer skills with access to a computer, she says. To nominate or volunteer, email email@example.com.
AND ANOTHER TRACTOR DOG: We’ve written several times about the dogs that show up at Trophy Tractor’s property at 602 Wildlife Boulevard in Grand Prairie. That’s across Belt Line Road from the big Lone Star Park horse track.
Our tipster is LouAnn Norris of Trophy Tractor. She says this Pitty type is “so adorable” and includes his mug shot to show it.
Here’s the story from LouAnn: “I am reaching out – again – as we have another pit bull that has been dumped near our equipment yard. I have two yard dogs (rescues of course, lol) and they will not allow him to come into the yard, but he is close and living in the bushes on the side of the road.”
He has been at the property for a couple of weeks and, she says, “He is not very trusting, although he is not mean and does let me pet him when he is eating. I also put K9 Advantix II on his neck.
”I am not sure what to do. I feel afraid to call the Grand Prairie shelter – I am worried they will put him down. In times past I have been able to get the animal inside with me – and then have someone come pick up etc – although I cant this time due to our dogs and I am not 100% sure of my safety.
”If anyone has ANY ideas or would be willing to rescue this dog – I will donate $ towards his care as well.”
To offer to help, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-264-6700.
CONTEMPLATIONS: If a city government can change how much soda pop you can buy at a time, they can change how much gasoline you can buy, thus affecting the number of miles you can go between big sodas on the highway. I mention that on behalf of those of us who could not drink the big fountain drink without having to stop every 20 miles to visit a facility. … How bad is my math? Today I got a note offering one month of gym membership for $25 – regularly $150, meaning a savings of $125 or, the ad said, “83 per cent.” My math is never good. But I looked on the internet and $124.50 is 83 percent of $150. I am such a math failure that I don’t understand how figures with only zeros and fives can throw in a three. By the time I’ve reached this point, I’m so exercised with math frustration that I don’t need a gym. … About summer in Texas: I intend to enjoy every sweaty day and night. The skies are always beautiful, the sound of bugs in pastures is always magnificent and the sting of your own sweat in your eyes as you walk from a car to an air-conditioned structure is a reminder that we’re lucky it isn’t snowing and sleeting.
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