Owner’s Death Puts Pets On Euthanasia List


Photo: Tri Cities Shelter


Word went out yesterday that chocolate labs Cleveland (6 years old) and Choco (7 years old) were surrendered to the Tri-City Animal Shelter by the family of an owner who had died. Both sterilized and microchipped. No health problems but not much hope. So many animals at the shelters and the older ones just aren’t as cute and cuddly as the pups and kittens.

Here Cleveland and Choco (pictured) had lost their owner, ended up at the shelter and were facing death.

According to reports, two rescues had fallen through and the boys only had til 4 p.m. today. Grim.

Then  Paws in the City stepped up and had them tagged for rescue this morning. Yes, PITC once again rose to the occasion to save creatures in need. That’s the good news.

But you just know we’re not going to let it go at that. Paws in the City and the other rescue groups are drowning with needy situations nowadays. Yes, lack of spaying and neutering animals is a large part of the problem.

But both Cleveland and Choco had been neutered. They evidently had been very well cared for, but their owner made no plans for them if something happened to him/her. While no one wants to think that death or disability will be part of our lives, it’s a fact of life. For this reason, the responsible pet owner should plan for their pets. Yes, it takes a bit of doing, but it’s necessary.

Thank you, PITC and all who made this rescue happen, as well as all the others.

UPDATE: After rescuing the two Labs and taking them to the vet, it was discovered that Choco was actually 13 years old and suffering from cancer. The decision was made to put him down. Sorry to provide sad news, but if there had been any chance of saving him, the PITC folks would have done it. They are now trying to locate a foster home for Cleveland.

Share-The-Date: Wags & Waves

Saturday, September 18  (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) — Wags & Waves at Hawaiian Falls Waterpark (Firewheel @ Garland). Human and canines companions are encouraged to attend and participate in the Clever Canine and Canine Couture contest. Proceeds benefit the Metroplex Animal Coalition and the coordinating member groups (Animal Guardians of America, Cat Matchers, Feral Friends, Legacy Box Rescue, Metroplex Mutts and Paws in the City).

Sunday Night Doesn’t Have To Be The Same Old, Same Old

Let’s face it. This time of year Sunday nights around 6 p.m. translates into reruns of 60 Minutes. You can look like a hero to your family by changing the routine. . . at least tomorrow night. A private showing of Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. will be shown at the Studio Movie Grill on Beltline Road. For $10 you get all the pizza you can eat and the show to boot. It stars Richard Gere and Joan Allen and is directed by Lasse Hallstrom.

Proceeds for to Take Me Home Pet Rescue. You’ve heard of this group. They rescued Fiona this past week.

If you can’t make the movie and pizza, you can always make a $10 donation or more.

Ah, come on. You’ve always impressed us as a big spender.

A Case Of Mistaken Identity

Our blonde buddy Amy Pelzel reports there was a mix up at the Denton Animal Shelter. It seems “the guys at the shelter logged out the wrong one so I had to change it on the petfinder. They have in the system fiona left. . . But actually it’s the dog I used to have pictured as shera so I just changed shera to fiona. Make sense?”

Despite the confusion, the final story is this pooch (pictured)  is still there and Thursday is euthanasia day at DAS.

Personal note: Four years ago we adopted Nellie (pictured), a larger version of the DAS pooch as a rescue. Here’s Nellie all cleaned up. Not bad, huh? In fact, she was selected to be the “cover girl” for a national dog food and works as a therapy dog at Baylor. It just shows that with a little soap, water and love, amazing

things can result.






UPDATE: Thanks to a heck of a lot of good animal rescues groups and individuals, Fiona was rescued today. Bravo to wonderful folks, not only was Fiona saved but some lucky human(s) will no doubt adopt her and have many happy years with her.

UPDATE: Thelma and Louise Pooches

We’ve got good news, sad news and tentative news.

Good news — Shera just got adopted and is on her way to a day of pampering.

Sad news — The adopting family couldn’t take Fiona, too. So the infamous twosome has been broken up.

Tentative news — Fiona is alone and still on the “you-don’t-want-to-be-on-this-list.”

She just provided this picture to showcase her better side for your consideration.

Thelma and Louise-type Gals In Need Of Saving

Met the two loveliest gals this morning. They reminded me of Thelma and Louise. Seems that they’d taken a “road trip” for an adventure. Alas, the authorities in Denton County decided that the ladies of the street needed to be put under lock and key to safe keeping.

Only problem is that they’ve outstayed their welcome and may be . . . terminated Monday. [Read more…]

Why Are These Two People Smiling?

The two folks in the picture (Jonnie England, left, and John Shore) are smiling for two entirely different reasons.

Metroplex Animal Coalition Director of Animal Advocacy and Communications (whew) Jonnie is smiling with the hope that she can rustle up some volunteers for “Cars & Stripes Forever,” Saturday’s car and bike wash from noon to six benefiting the Metroplex Animal Coalition. It’s a pretty nifty deal for both volunteers and people who have dirty cars. The volunteers get to sit under tents accepting peoples’ money. The people with the dirty cars not only get their cars washed, they also get to dine on a gourmet buffet and a $20-gift certificate to Stratos. Oh, and they can have their pets paws read by a Paw Psychic. The event is taking place in front of The Lodge and is totally underwritten by animals’ best friend Dawn Mickey.

Understand that MAC Treasurer/Secretary Skip Trimble has been seen around town with a bucket of mud getting cars dirty.

If you have some time on your hands, let Jonnie know that you want to volunteer ASAP.

Now, why is John smiling? Well, not only was he having lunch with Jonnie today at Bolsa, he was bidding farewell to the age of 34. Tomorrow he joins the 35-year old set. Happy birthday, John. Somebody buy him a car wash.

This May Be Painful

Provided by Metroplex Animal Coalition

The Metroplex Animal Coalition is launching a campaign that’s hitting below the belt. . . literally. It’s “Real Men Neuter.” Told you!

It’s a citywide campaign to build awareness of the necessity to spay and neuter critters. Appearing on DART buses for at least a month in English and Spanish, it will encourage people to “fix” their pets — “Spay or Neuter Your Pets. It Save Lives. And it’s the Law.”

If you know someone who wants to do just that, but is a bit short on change, call 972.498.8800 regarding free and low-cost spay/neuter programs.

According to MAC president Elaine Munch,

“I have wanted to do this ad for 10 years since I began leading the MAC organization. It is finally a reality thanks to the generous outpouring of volunteer time, support and funding.”

The two dogs featured in the ads, the Chihuahua and the pit bull, were adopted from Dallas Animal Services and Metroplex Mutts.  The kitten is still available for adoption from the Humane Society of Dallas County (Dog ‘N Kitty City).  “All were unwanted, stray or abandoned at one time,” said Munch.  “Now they are stars!”

Let’s giving a standing O to all the folks who finally made this campaign possible including a grant from The Rees-Jones Foundation, which has also supported MAC’s spay/neuter program.  Donating their time and services to the campaign are Steve Foxall, photography; Molly DeVoss, designer; The Clutts Agency, models, hair and makeup; and Sydney Bradford, model.

If you think it’s cute to have a litter born for the heck of it or that animals share the same enjoyment of sex, then drop by the Dallas Animal Shelter Tuesday morning and watch them euthanize puppies, kittens, dogs and cats. Sorry to be so hateful, but Tuesday mornings are not pleasant knowing that these unnecessary kills are taking place. Spaying and neutering can prevented Tuesday mornings.

Jenny, The Party’s At Your Place

If you haven’t had a chance to see the new Giants of the Savanna exhibition with Jenny and her buds at the Dallas Zoo, you have a great opp tomorrow night. Honoring the 2010 Education is Freedom graduates, Mayor Tom Leppert is hosting “Giraffes, Monkeys & Lepperts” from 6 to 9 p.m.

It will be extremely G-rated with music, caricature artists, carousel rides, face painting, crafts, games, photos and the estimated 2,000 EIF graduating seniors. While activities will be free, the concessions will be on sale.

Here’s the best part. Admission is cheaper than a movie. $10 for adults, $5 for students (ages four to 18) and kiddos under 4 are free. Now if you have a family of four, you can get a Herd Pass for $20.

Lesson Learned: Volunteering Is A Two-Way Street

Occasionally, I share something personal and hope you don’t mind if I do that just now. Back in late February I lost my beloved Faux (pictured). Despite my telling one and all that I knew that day would come, I was far from prepared for the loss. In my “depression,” I took time off from my volunteer work at Baylor’s Animal Assisted Therapy Program. It  just hurt too much to return to a program that Faux had introduced me to.

Big mistake!

Yesterday was my first day back at AATP with Nellie (pictured) at my side. It was like breathing for the first time in months. Seeing and visiting with the patients and staff was gratifying to say the very least. Hearing patients talk about their pets that they hadn’t seen in days, and in some cases months, made me realize that Nellie was the canine fix they needed. One person admitted that they hadn’t had a dog since they were a child and recalled the most endearing details of that long-ago friend.

So what was the lesson here? Just when you think you’re doing someone else a favor, you realize that in reality you are doing yourself the favor. Volunteering is a two-way street. Not only do you help others, but you help yourself to be part of a much bigger and better effort.

While you know I will always regret my loss of Faux, I am so grateful that she introduced me to volunteering and the remarkable people in that universe.

Dancing For Dollars Brings In The Green For Paws In The City

Because these brave and hardworking folks (pictured) danced and judged their hearts out at “Top Hat and Tails,” Paws In The City raised $125,000!

Congratulations to Tara Harper, Tina Foster and a whole litter of people and sponsors who were behind the scenes making it a success, too.

Take a bow-wow!

Destitute Kittens For Komen, or Beasts for Breasts

Their father left their mother high and dry. Luckily, the staff at Town East Galloway Animal Clinic knew how to handle the situation and knew how to hit our heartstrings:

“The kittens range in age from 6-10 weeks old. We are charging a $150 adoption fee. That includes the first set of vaccinations, deworming, Home Again Microchip, and spay or neuter when they come of age. Adoption package is worth $420. Proceeds goes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation ($100 from every cat adopted). So anyone who is interested just have them come by Town East Galloway Animal Clinic at 2860 N. Galloway Mesquite,Tx to check them out or call at 972-613-9871.”

Sorry if the picture isn’t up to your standards, but these are kittens not fashion runway strutters.BTW, if you have experienced kitten raising, you know this is a major bargain.

Ratings Soared For Paws In The City’s Dancing With Our Stars

You just thought Dancing with the Stars was over for the season when Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough won the mirrored-ball trophies. Wrong! Paws in the City held its own version and managed to jam all the fun, drama and glamour of the television show’s entire season into one night at the Frontiers of Flight Museum Saturday.

The evening began with a jam-packed reception with silent auction and available pooches for adoption on the sideline. One little, four-legged Lab mix was guest of honor despite a nasty looking back. Her name is Faith (pictured. Editor’s note: The photo is reduced dramatically because it’s pretty grim. If you would like to see it full blown, just click on the photo.) and she is recovering from someone pouring hot grease on her back. You’d never know if from her attitude. Throughout the evening she was a friend to all and the feeling was reciprocated as she made her way through the crowd.

Another critter in the reception was Spencer Nilsson (pictured). No, he’s not a pooch, but he’s typical of the many who are the secret to Paws in the City’s success. Spencer is a PITC volunteer and fosters pets until they find their “forever homes.” Checking the dogs up for adoption at the party, he owned up to having a beagle and presently fostering a Maine Coon. You know volunteers really love their work.

Following the reception, the 650 guests adjourned to the main hall where tables were so tightly in place that it’s a wonder the servers were able to squeeze through.  Ah, the problem of having too many people supporting an event.

It was announced that the Wyly Medical Assistance Fund had issued a challenge — if $20,000 could be raised during the evening, the Fund would match it to provide money for animal medical treatment, boarding and training of animals.

We’ll tell you if they made it later.

But first Event Host Preston Pearson (pictured) took the stage. Now Preston is well-known for being one of the Dallas Cowboy legends. Time and time again, like so many of his fellow players, he has donated time, effort and money to causes throughout this area. But you may not realize that this incredible athlete has a very soft spot for animals. It’s largely because of a gal named “Lucy.” She was a dog that Preston’s son asked him to take care of while he was away. It was a match made in heaven.

“I fell in love with Lucy,” the Super Bowl winner said with pride. Then he told of her her death about four years ago and the inscription on her tombstone, “Lucy, A Friend to All.” It was at this point that Preston started tearing up. Regaining his composure, [Read more…]

Get Out Your Top Hat And Tails Dusted Off For Paws In The City Saturday Night

Paws in the City got a nice story on WFAA last night. Perfect timing! Their annual fundraiser, “Top Hat and Tails,” will have a “Dancing With The Stars” feel this Saturday night at Frontiers of Flight Museum.  Hosts Drew Pearson and Scott Murray have arranged for such celebs as Olympic Gold Medalist Carly Patterson, foodie Dee Lincoln, KTVT-CH. 11’s Gary Seith, Dallas Cowboy wife Michelle Witten, chef Richard Chamberlain, TV/radio personalities Jocelyn White and Brendan Higgins and KXAS-CH. 5’s Kim Fischer to dance up a storm.

The dance competition will pair celebrities with Arthur Murray dance pros. There will be one dance routine performed by each couple and judged by  Claudia Marshall, Kellie Rasberry and Tony Dorsett. You just know there will be some Simon Cowell comments dropped. Winners will be determined by a combination of judges’ scores and guests’ voting.

In addition to the fun, the St. Francis of Assisi Award will be presented to Holly Forsythe for her dedication and service to animals.

Barking Hound Village, Toothacres, Urban Paws, Tailwaggers, WUF, Kinder Kritter, Boarding Bungalow and Bikerdogz Dog Training will be presented awards for their support of Paws In The City. What kind of support? They have helped board and train dogs in the program.

Event chair Becky Haisma and Vice Chair Tina Fairbanks have Honorary Chairs Samantha Reid, Andrea Alcorn and Nancy Latner helping them make this another success story for Paws In The City.

Understand there are a few tickets still available.

Cotton Bowl To Become Dog Bowl With Cooling Misters Sunday

You’ve made plans for a little summer fun. Perhaps Six Flags or a trip to visit friends. Well, the family pooch could use a little summer fun, too. Poor thing (pictured)!

Ah, but thanks to the Friends of Fair Park, you’ve lucked out! [Read more…]

PETA Provides Hot Tips Plus "Don't Call 311!"

Just checked the temperature it’s a toasty 95 degrees outside. It appears the dog days of summer are yelping. With that in mind, PETA has provided some reminders for canine care: [Read more…]

A Story About A Cheeseburger And A Cherry

One year ago today, I got suckered into trying to help rescue a dog in need. It was a malnourished Great Pyrenees that had been traded by a homeless man for a cheeseburger and $20 in downtown Dallas. Due to circumstances, the pooch (let’s call him “Cheeseburger”) ended up at the Dallas Animal Shelter in danger of euthanasia.

Thanks to the dedicated rescue groups like the Collin County Humane Society and Metroplex Animal Coalition, Cheeseburger (pictured) was to be rescued if someone could transport the  young GP from DAS to a foster home in Collin County. Shoot! I had nothing else going on that day and I had a gas guzzling SUV that could handle such a project.

The problem? [Read more…]

Shout Out To The "Dallas Area Young Lawyers"

UPDATE: We’re down to two cats and three dogs still in need of legal assistance.

When you hold your “Second Annual Adopt-a-Thon” Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dallas Animal Services on Westmoreland, ask the staff to introduce you to the animals on death row. This week there are two kitties (Standley and Delphi) and eight dogs including Ulysses, a Flat-Coat Retriever, who are slated for the needle on Monday.

If ever there death row inmates that needed a little help from young legal eagles, these ten are r-e-a-l-l-y are desperate.

Dallas Is Going To The Dogs!

Let’s review the checklist of summer must do’s. Graduations handled? Check! Wedding gifts ordered? Check! Summer vacation plans made? Check!  But what about your dog (pictured)? Doesn’t s/he deserve a little summer activity, too. You know they’re good sports and would be agreeable to any shenanigans.

Here are a couple of solutions to your pooch guilt. Not only will be you have fun, you’ll help other less fortunate critters. [Read more…]

UPDATE: Theo Is Being Rescued

Let’s start the week off on an upbeat note — you can check Theo (pictured) off today’s kill list at the Dallas Animal Shelter!

Jonnie England just notified MySweetCharity that Theo, the last of 55 animals on today’s kill list, is being rescued today by Heart2Heart.

Thanks to individuals and rescue groups, not only were these animals saved from destruction, but the Dallas Animal Shelter staff didn’t have to take on a task that they dread — killing animals.

But you know that there will be a new list posted with a new bunch of critters, so don’t rest on your laurels too long.

Theo Is The Last Dog Standing

Remember when we started out with 55 animals slated to be euthanized at the Dallas Animal Shelter on Monday? Now, only one is left — Theo (pictured). All the others have been rescued or adopted. The sorry little fella who is going to die is a one-year old, 57-pound, neutered pit mix. Yes, we all know about pit breeds. But this guy is

“a handsome fellow with a few red-orange freckles on his snow-white coat. Theo is friendly and good with people but doesn’t like other animals, so he needs a home where he’s the only pampered pet.”

It’s going to be pretty guilt-ridden Monday, if he’s the only one put down. But on the other hand, there are 54 others that have missed the syringe because of good people. We hate to think Theo may lose his life, but we applaud all who helped the other 54.

Now, is there a 55th person out there who might just want one dog to love and be loved by?

To adopt:  214-671-0249; [email protected]; Dallas Animal Services, 1818 N. Westmoreland at I-30, in Dallas. Rescue groups:  214-670-8298; [email protected]

Dead Pets Walking

Jonnie England of the Metroplex Animal Coalition just notified MySweetCharity that three cats and nine dogs will be euthanized this Monday if they’re not adopted or rescued. No, they are not killer cats and scary pooches. They just aren’t puppies and kittens anymore and, let’s face it — young beats out experienced in pet picking most of the time.

Look, the folks at the “pound” do not. . . repeat, do not. . . enjoy killing friendly, sweet critters, but they’re faced with staggering numbers for three reasons:

  1. Owners are not spay and neutering
  2. Financial times are forcing people to turn in their pets.
  3. Irresponsible owners who do not take care of their pets and let them loose.

So, head to the shelter (it’s really quite excellent), take a look at the following critters — potential pets or possible victims: [Read more…]

Will Lookin at Lucky be Center of Attention at Lee Park Saturday?

If you want to impress your friends between now and Saturday afternoon, just toss out,

Lookin at Lucky is starting to look better as the leader now that Eskendereya has been pulled due to injury.

You’ll be so-in-the-know regarding Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

Now, if you want to really impress them, just ask what time they’ll be attending the race. When they raise their eyebrows, just confess that you’re talking about Park Place Volvo’s “Day at the Races” from 3 to 7 at Lee Park’s Arlington Hall. Did they really think you were taking off for Kentucky, when all the fun will be in Dallas?

Since it’s being tossed by the Lee Park Junior Conservancy, you can expect lots of beautiful people, an abundance of refreshments, and civilized frivolity.

Sit, Heel and Set Your Recorder

KERA is airing “Through a Dog’s Eyes” tonight at 7. It’s a documentary dealing with “services dogs and the people whose lives they have changed.”