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No hope for dogs when the Houston SPCA is involved. That is until local independent Houston dog rescuers stepped in.
Meet Kyri Andell a resident of Texas, wife, mother of 3 and Guardian of 3 dogs that are considered family members. Her dogs were in the care of the Houston SPCA. However, the stories the WA2S will be sharing over the coming week cast doubt if the word care should be used when referring to the Houston SPCA and their treatment of people’s pets.
The reason you are able to watch this very emotional reunion between Nikki and Kyri is due to the hard work of Houston animal rescuer Kathy Vazquez and her team of friends of fellow rescuers who took to social media to help make the connection.
Stay tuned for the next installment of Operation Houston Stray Dog City as we share the reunion of Kyri and her family with the last member of the family to make it back home – little puppy, Sharky.
Is there no hope for some paws when other paws get all the hope?
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Issues at the forefront are what happened to families with pets, pets that were left behind, and the countless stray dogs left to fend for themselves during and after Mother Nature’s fury. As a lesson learned from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, there were shelters in the city that allowed people to bring their pets. I believe the awareness that families didn’t have to leave pets behind existed; people were empowered to save their animals and themselves.
Some pets sadly, did get left behind for one reason or another, but rescuers were saving dogs and other animals as soon as they were able to reach them. Rescue needs were communicated via social media, websites, emails and a cell phone walkie-talkie app called Zello
Austin Pets Alive! set up a temporary facility at Katy Mills. It contained housing and veterinary services for animals brought in once rescued. They are now partnered with Houston Pets Alive at their new temporary facility on Stella Link Rd.
Best Friends Animal Society had set up shop at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds accepting, housing and vetting any and all dogs and cats that needed help. Not that facility is only maintaining pets from the county and Best Friends has a monster setup inside NRG Arena.
The Houston SPCA was receiving dogs, cats, horses and livestock in Beaumont at the Ford Park Entertainment Center. This location came under scrutiny when it was rumored that pit bulls went in but didn’t come out alive. It was all over social media to take this breed of dog to Montgomery County or they would be killed.
It has not been confirmed whether this was a truth. Interestingly, a few days later, the Houston SPCA shut down operations in Beaumont and relocated the animals to their facility in Houston. Their communications person has not returned our calls as of this publication.
This video was created with the financial assistance of donors across the globe including: Associate Producer, Diane Donnelly of The Donnelly Group.
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