Monday, March 9, 2009

We Don’t Rent Puppies

I volunteer as an “adoption coordinator” for the animal shelter in my county, which lies north of Metro Houston, Texas. Our county took in more 20,000 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens in 2008. The number of dogs placed in new homes is argued over, but it’s safe to say that, unfortunately, thousands of pets never made the cut.

The county is trying—truly—to reduce its euthanasia rate, and the paid shelter staff and all the adoption coordinators, dog walkers, bathers, groomers, puppy fosters, transporters, publicity folks, volunteer vets, and even most of the adopters, are doing their absolute best. However, the puppies, dogs, cats and kittens keep on arriving at the shelter.

The purpose of this blog is to chronicle the small part I contribute to help stem the tide of unwanted animals, along with my own observations about the animal-rescue business. And, no, we don’t rent puppies.


  1. Hi, I love the name of your blog! I am not in rescue, per se, but a good friend of mine is the kennel director at a big AHS - I've heard (and still contine to hear) the stories.

    Yeah, they don't rent puppies either! Gosh what's up with that?

    Good for you and thank you for doing what you do. I take it home too much, not the job for me.

  2. Thanks for the comment! I'm hoping to meet other folks on the web who are working in the dog-rescue world! BTW--you've got a cool blog name too!


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