1st Rodeo Dog Rescue Calendar
There are so many great rescue dogs, rescue dog owners and of course, rescue organizations. We are creating this 1st Rodeo Dog Rescue Calendar to bring awareness to the great work that rescue organizations do, and to the amazing stories of dogs and their rescuers. Meet the rescue dogs of 2019!!
JANUARY: Elsa the Blue Nose Pit Bull
Elsa was rescued on the streets of northwest Houston by Community Animal Support Team on New Year’s Eve 2017. She had been hit by a car and required immediate surgery. The rescue group solicited funds online and raised enough money to cover her vet bills. She was made immobile following surgery for a month.
Mike met Elsa in mid March 2018 after having lost his pit bull Sandy two months earlier. He was looking for a rescue pit that was child and animal friendly so that she could safely come to court and interact with children in the foster care system and those confined to juvenile facilities.
Until she began playing at the dog park in May 2018, she essentially used only 3 of her legs. By October 2018 she was able to use all 4 legs with barely an indication of her back injured leg.
Elsa currently teaches an empathy-based class in juvenile secure facilities in Harris County through a program called Healing Species, Texas.
For more information on Community Animal Support Team please contact 713-409-8693, or find them on Facebook.
FEBRUARY: Webster the Great Dane/Boxer/Lab Mix
Webster came home with Annalee on February 17, 2018. Weeks earlier, Houston Pets Alive! rescued him from a “kill list” and he’d found a temporary home with two wonderful dog lovers, Kelly and Paul. When Annalee first emailed Kelly to ask about Webster, she was told there was something truly special about him, and Kelly wanted to make sure he went to the right person. Annalee is grateful to have been that person. She admits that their first months together were pretty rocky. Webster had extreme anxiety and refused to get in a car, cross a bridge or ride in an elevator - which made apartment living in Montrose difficult. And Webster was a chewer, and a big one. Annalee and Webster stumbled upon the neighborhood dog park and became regulars, gaining new friends and new confidence in each other. They recently celebrated “Gotcha Day” with old and new friends and Annalee feels that this February was so much warmer and brighter than those before.
Bridges are still off limits, though.
In 2018 Houston Pets Alive! saved 2,632 cats and dogs from euthanasia and 303 from other programs, bringing the total lives saved to 2,935. Adoption hours at the dog and cat adoption centers (8620 and 8710 Stella Link Road, respectively) are 12-6pm Fridays through Tuesdays.
For more information, please visit www.houstonpetsalive.org or follow them on FB /houstonpetsalive14, or Instagram @houstonpetsalive, and Twitter @HOUpetsalive.
MARCH: Charlie the Chocolate Labrador
Lisa found Charlie through a friend’s facebook post. She spotted her handsome boy, Charlie on Ramesh Anand’s facebook page. Ramesh is very involved with rescue efforts and was formerly involved with Tyson’s Pals rescue. Charlie had been turned in to a kill only shelter in Rosenberg, Texas. He was Heartworm positive and needed treatment. Ramesh posted a photo of Charlie getting his freedom ride from the shelter.
Charlie is proof that a dog can recover after treatment for Heartworm. He is now 5 years down the road from treatment and is a beautiful, happy dog. He is a certified therapy dog and works side by side with his mom, LIsa at The Healing Space in Houston, Texas.
Ramesh and his wife are still very involved with finding and rescuing dogs in great need. You can find him on his facebook page where he often posts photos of his latest rescues. His profile is Ramesh Anand.
Charlie is forever connected to Ramesh, he has the same middle name.
APRIL: Bunny the American Staffordshire Terrier
Bunny is a 1st Rodeo first. She is a rescue dog that has been rescued but is still in need of a happy ending in a permanent home. I ran across Bunny’s Instagram account, “Bunny the Bait dog” and began following her recovery journey. She was found with severe head wounds and had probably been used as a bait dog for fighting and then left for dead. I wanted to get to meet Bunny so I offered her foster parents a collar. Bunny was a joy to meet and she is beautiful, scars and all. Maybe even more beautiful with the scars because her joy is an inspirational thing to behold. Bunny’s surgeries and cost of care are being sponsored by the Animal Justice League in Houston, Texas. For more information on Bunny you can find them at www.animaljusticeleague.org. Please also follow Bunny’s story on Instgram @Bunnythebaitdog. Let’s help Bunny find her happy ending.
MAY: Bailey the Black Dog
Meet Bailey, whose parents refer to her as the “Black Dog”. Keri and David spotted Bailey on the Animal Justice League website and they fell in love. They adopted Bailey through her foster mom, Keri Beeman. Keri and others like her provide an important service for thousands of animals that need foster care until they can find a permanent home. The Animal Justice League of Houston can be found on Facebook and on Instagram @ajl_houston. You will find lots of amazing success stories including last month’s cover girl, Bunny the Bait dog. The Animal Justice League focuses on rescue, education and community outreach. To search for rescues, foster, volunteer or donate you can contact them at www.animaljusticeleague.org
JUNE: Asta the Basset Hound/Australian Shepherd Mix
Presenting Asta, Ms. June, who is naturally a bit late making her appearance as she is quite a busy adventure buddy to her mom Heather in Austin, Texas. Heather lived in Houston for a while and did some volunteer work with the Houston SPCA to learn more about dogs in preparation for getting her own dog. Heather spotted Asta on the Houston SPCA site and hurried to meet her. The backstory of how Asta came to be at the SPCA is unclear but Asta hit the jackpot with Heather. Heather and Asta have moved to Austin, Texas where Heather continues to be involved as a foster mom for Austin Pets Alive! On almost any given weekend you can find Heather, Asta and a foster friends exploring the great outdoors in and around Austin. To learn more about volunteer opportunities in Houston or Austin you can find both organizations at these websites: www.houstonspca.org and www.austinpetsalive.org
JULY: Dudley the Basenji/Rat Terrier Mix
Dudley came to his parents, Emily and Steve about 3 years ago. Emily is very involved with Red Collar Rescue in Houston, Tx. Dudley began his life with Emily as a foster addition to the family. His personality soon landed him a permanent home. He loves his cat sibling, Thumper, but is not that crazy about his dog sibling, Nalu. Dudley recently went on the road trip of a lifetime and got to visit New York. Thumper did not get to go.
Red Collar Rescue is an all volunteer animal rescue that provides rescue services, medical care, foster care and adoption to abandoned dogs and cats in the Houston area. Red Collar Rescue is often a last resort for animals that are abandoned or wind up in high kill shelters. Since inception in 2007, they have saved the lives of thousands of animals. There are lots of ways to get involved with Red Collar Rescue, either through adopting, volunteering or becoming a registered foster. You can learn more about Red Collar Rescue and upcoming adoption events at www.redcollar.org, on facebook at RED Collar Rescue, or find them on IG @redcollarrescue.
AUGUST: Bode the Rhodesian Ridgeback/Lab Mix
Bode was found by his family on the BARC website. He had been dropped off as a sick puppy at 6 weeks. The Walther family fell in love with the tiny pupply who appeared to be tea cup sized. He was moved from BARC to a foster home because he was so young. At 8 weeks old he came to his new family. He is usually the largest dog in any play group of dogs, but is a gentle giant. Bode and his dog sister, Izzy, are busy living their best lives and enjoying off leash time at the family farm.
There are so many animals available on the BARC website. www.houstontx.gov/barc. BARC is the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption facility and is the only area shelter required to accept dogs and cats regardless of the circumstance. The shelter coordinates with Houston area pet rescue groups to rescue as many dogs and cats as possible. BARC provides an affordable wellness program and the organization is instrumental in educating the public about responsible pet ownership through their spaying and neutering programs. The shelter is located at 3200 Carr Street in Houston Texas. Give them a call at 713-837-0311 to see how you could be involved, or follow them on social media at @barc_houston to learn about upcoming adoption events.
SEPTEMBER: Coming Soon
OCTOBER: Coming Soon
NOVEMBER: Coming Soon