Owner surrenders. Adoption returns. Nothing gets the public’s blood boiling more than seeing those words next to an animal turned into the shelter or an adopted pet come back.
Former owners are called every name in the book, said to be uncaring, unfeeling…and I used to be one of those people. At least, I was until I became a volunteer at the Humane Society.
Don’t get me wrong, I still don’t like the idea or do I necessarily agree with some of the “lame” reasons for surrendering a pet. Especially if steps can be taken to make a situation work.
Usually problems can be resolved if the owner is willing to make the efforts. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen often as it should.
But there are worse things than an animal landing in a shelter.
What???? Am I crazy?
Well…let’s look at the alternatives. The owner moves, can’t take their pet with them. They leave the animal at the home to fend for itself or just turn it out of the street for the community to care for or again, the animal has to take care of itself.
No food, no water, and they end up searching for shelter from the weather and dodging unfriendly elements.
Is a stay in the shelter worse?
Or maybe the home situation isn’t going to work. Some owners expect way too much from their animal without bothering to train or spend time with it. Because expectations are so high and the pet cannot reach those expectations, everyone is miserable, including the animal.
Is that the world we want our fuzzy friends to live in? Miserable and frightened forever?
Or is a stay in the shelter worse?
What about those who are neglected. Thrown in the backyard or tethered. Little human interaction, little love, and living each day the same, with nothing to look forward to.
Is a stay in the shelter worse?
Then the worst of the worst. Those who live in fear because they are physically abused or forced to fight to stay alive. They never receive a kind word or any positive attention.
Really, is the shelter a worse sentence?
Think about it. While they are staying with the City of Waco, the animals live in climate controlled kennels. The areas are cleaned on a regular basis.
Animals are fed and watered daily. Medical assistance is onsite. Staff and volunteers (and they could use more volunteers) exercise and play with the dogs.
And the most important; In December, they had a 93% exit rate, which means most animals left the shelter ALIVE. These numbers are consistently improving.
Dogs and cats are finding their true forever homes or going into reputable rescues.
So, next time you feel the desire to curse an owner for surrounding their pet, just consider the following; There’s nothing sadder than an animal living in a home where they’re not wanted or one wandering the streets with no home to go to.
The City of Waco accepts them, takes care of them during their stay. HSCT handles adoptions, fosters and rescues, giving animals their shot at finding a loving home with people who want to make their pets a part of their family.
NOTE: Because the shelter is always needing space, it is encouraged to find alternative methods to re-home a pet. There are several local, reputable re-homing pages on social media outlets, it’s suggested to try those first. The shelter should be a last resort;
This weeks URGENT Dogs
UPDATE: They’ve relaxed enough to be moved on the adoption floor.
Freckles and Gidget are owner surrenders. They are not on the urgent list, but they are urgent as they are too fearful to be put onto the adoption floor. They need an adopter (not necessarily together) or foster where they can decompress and trust until they feel loved again.
Pets are lost and end up at the shelter every day and their owners have no idea.
After a weekend of bitter weather and New Year’s Eve firework celebrations, our overflowing animal shelters are likely to bust with strays, homeless animals, and pets who attempted to escape out of fear or trying to locate a place to find warmth.
Fortunately, there are many animal lovers in the community. The last thing any of us want is to see is a dog, cat, pig or bird, homeless and possibly in dire straits.
I’ve witnessed daily on social media pages, strangers securing or reporting sightings of lost pets and tirelessly working to get these babies back into their owners loving arms
So, what do you do if you rescue a wandering animal?
First, let’s start with a couple of things NOT to do.
I see this all the time; Usually a dog, but sometimes a cat;
“Help! Very sweet, but I can’t keep. He/she must go, now! My dogs are going crazy. They don’t like this new dog/cat around and are trying to hurt him.
People: Do NOT expose your personal animals to a stray dog or even a cat. Dogs are especially not tolerant to immediately accepting strangers in their “territory”. (Do not stick it out in your backyard that’s also your dog’s space.) Bringing in a newcomer can provoke a dog fight and the results are not always pretty.
Keep your guest in a spare bathroom, laundry room, or even a garage is better than letting your animals get beaten up or vice versa. Vet bills aren’t cheap, either.
Not to mention, you do not know the stray animal’s health history. You may be exposing your pet to something you’d rather avoid.
Speaking of backyards, yes, it’s fine to keep a roaming dog inside a fenced yard. If you can, take precautions. Remember, the animal is in a strange place, and may be looking to find its way home. It might escape if left on its own for a long period of time. Once back on the streets, the pup’s life is once again in jeopardy.
The other thing NOT to do is solicit re-homing right away. You cannot instantly give the dog away without attempting to locate its owners. You must hold the animal for seventy-two hours before trying to re-home or keeping the pet for yourself. If you cannot hold the animal, do your best to find a foster. This isn’t a find an animal, dump an animal situation. Once you take on a stray, it’s your duty to see that the pet is properly cared for. Usually, lost and found sights have trustworthy fosters who step up in urgent situations.
Well, what can you do?
First, check collar and tags. In a perfect world, all animals would wear name and address tags, but unfortunately, that doesn’t happen frequently.
Rabies tags can help, though. They list the animal’s veterinarian and you can call and give them the number on the tag. They can locate and contact the families and let them know you have their pet.
Micro chipping has been an excellent source in uniting pets with their families. Shelters, vets, emergency vets, (which are open 24-7), and animal control services have scanners and can scan for a chip and contact the owner. It’s free, too!
Walk the dog in the area found. Knock on some doors. Many pets have found their way back home when a finder takes them door to door. It’s also a good way to meet your neighbors and get some added exercise.
Posters & Flyers (Make sure they’re bright and eye catching) are also a good way to get the word out that you’ve found a lost pet. Just make sure you leave out a couple of details which only an owner would know. Sadly, there are some unscrupulous people in the world that mean to do animals harm. We don’t want the precious lives to fall victim in the wrong hands.
NOTE: Always ask for proof of ownership before turning a pet over to a stranger.
Notify local vets and shelters. Give descriptions and the location the pet was discovered. Posters can be placed in vet’s offices too.
Craig’s List and newspaper ads: If you live in a smaller town, many have their own newspaper, be sure you check the lost and found sections in both. You can also place an ad.
I live in a smaller community. If a pet is lost or found, we call animal control or even the police. They will keep a description of the animals on file. If someone calls looking for their pet, we are connected and get the pet home.
Post pictures and location found on social media sites.
I’ve discussed Central Texas Lost and Found Pets Facebook page on this blog before. They have one of the best networking systems in the region. They have successfully reunited thousands of fur wanderers and escape artists with their families. Post on their page right away!
There are also many national databases you can search and don’t forget to post a photo and description on your local Nextdoor site.
If it comes down to where you have no luck in finding the pet’s owner and you cannot keep it or find a foster, your next step is surrendering it to the shelter.
Make sure there are no other options before you do, shelters are always filled to the brim and lives may be lost to make room for incoming intakes, something no one wants to happen.
Call the shelter first and get the criteria before surrendering the animal. Most require an appointment, and there can be a surrender fee, (yes, even if it doesn’t officially belong to you.)
Above all, make sure you take the animal to the shelter in the county you found it in.
Taking it to a different county shelter will lessen the chance of these sweet babies reuniting with their frantic owners.
Let’s do our best to see that every adoptable animal has a home and make 2018 a Happy New Year for all.
Humane Society of Central Texas has been overrun with intakes this past week. After the New Year, the following urgents lives are in danger. These are all beautiful, adoptable dogs who deserve a home. Lets do what we can to make sure their 2018 starts out with a forever home.
I realize I’ve written about fostering before, but I’m fairly new at the fostering game. I wanted to provide a personal account of this rewarding experience, and what I’ve learned from the MANY mistakes I’ve made over the past year and a half. If you’re considering fostering or adopting, hopefully I can give you some insight on what to do, and better yet, what not to do and try to help you avoid any of the pitfalls when bringing a shelter dog into your home.
So here goes…
As I stated prior, fostering isn’t for the faint of heart. I say that because it can be hard, especially when bringing a new animal into the home and this is a whole new experience for you, too.
The most important element that helped me make my first, and subsequent other fosters successful was that I listened to the staff at HSCT. They gave me valuable information on how to integrate a foster pet into my family.
But there isn’t a way to know the dogs history, so they couldn’t prepare me for everything…
My first foster baby, Bree, was a shy girl, and fearful of her own shadow. It was advised that I keep her away from other dogs and by herself to allow her to decompress. I was also told she was an escape artist, and to keep her on a leash when taking her outside.
I followed the advise and put her in a room by herself with a bed, food, and a bowl of water. The first night she, tore up her bed and ripped up three sets of blinds trying to escape. She was really my only destructive foster until I brought home Leticia, a current foster, who liked to chew around door frames and cabinets. Both suffer from severe separation anxiety.
Did they get over it? For the most part, yes. How did I solve the problem?
Kenneling isn’t a bad thing. First, most dogs like to have their own personal space and a safe place to go. Crating also teaches bladder and bowel control, and the pup feels more comfortable in their own “room” when I’m not home or at bedtime. (i.e. Also, there are less disagreements with the other dogs, which can flare up from time to time)
I always give them something to do, and everyone has ample time outside, plus “mommy time” when I’m home. Crating has worked out well, plus my home, wallet, and sanity have remained much better intact.
You can never be sure if who you bring home is dog or cat friendly, so be prepared. I’ve only had a couple that didn’t like other dogs and those viewed cats as lunch. Fortunately, I do have space for “only dogs” and keep them away from the others. I play “musical dogs” so everyone gets their turn going outside and hanging out with mom. While some find it a problem, it hasn’t been an issue for me.
Chico, is a prime example. He was an owner surrender, and pretty much left on his own in the backyard before he came to the shelter. He hasn’t been socialized, therefore, he’s not a fan of other dogs or cats. He can be around one or two dogs in very small doses, a situation I rarely put him in for obvious reasons. Cat’s are put away before Chico makes his daily appearance.
Occasionally, you get a dog who’s quirky or they’re difficult to connect with. I’ve had two. Dodge, on the left, had no clue he was a dog or how he was supposed to behave. He was also fearful. Fortunately, my dogs loved him, and over time, he learned how to behave, which is a benefit for having dog friendly fosters. My dogs teach routines and behavior. Still, I wondered if I’d ever find Dodge a forever home. As they say, there is an owner for every adoptable dog out there and Dodge found his. Not only did he find the perfect home, he is now a service dog.
Jigs (on the right) is a sweetheart and a wonderful dog, but it’s going to take someone special to get his quirks, which I prefer to see as part of his charm. I suspect he was abused, and it takes him a while before he trusts or bonds. The strangest thing about Jiggie, is that it took forever for him to go through the backdoor. I’m assuming he was punished for trying to come inside that entrance and that causes his fear. He’s been with me four months, and he only now feels comfortable coming inside through the rear egress, but he’s doing it! Just takes patience.
Anyone wanting to get Jiggy with it, here’s former urgent Jigsaw, now in foster care. This super sweet guy is relaxed, loves being outdoors, and thinks people and other dogs are okay. How about giving him a look?
Dogs shelter behavior won’t necessarily be the same once you get them home. Many jump or are hyper in the kennels, others will cower in the back and act shy.
Is this their true personality? No, not at all. With time and patience, they gain confidence, they’re socialized, trained and become much better dogs. Adoptable. Lady Tremaine was one of my fosters. Every time I approached her kennel, she barked, growled, and was an all around grouch. Outside, and once I had her home, she turned out to be one of the sweetest, best behaved dogs I’ve fostered. She’s now basking in the perfect forever home.
Sometimes the dog gets adopted, but they comes back. My foster, Harris was returned because he wasn’t a good fit. Was I upset? No, actually, I was glad he came back to me. If the owner didn’t feel it was working and kept him anyway, Harris would’ve been miserable. It was obvious when I brought him home, he was happy to be back. And the good news? He found his forever family a week later, and he’s doing great!
Knowing limitations. I’ve been guilty of overloading, having too many foster dogs. My intentions were good, but it was overwhelming. I’ve had to scale back because it’s been just too much. I also have a full time job, I write romance novels, plus I do have a family and a social life, so I’ve had to learn to pace myself and find other ways to help those I cannot bring into my home.
Letting go. The most bittersweet moments is preparing to go to a meet and greet to a potential adopter. It doesn’t matter if I’ve had the dog a couple of days, a few months, or in Bree’s case, over a year, it’s still an emotional time.
I’ve had many people say to me, I don’t know how you give them up. It’s not easy, but I have to keep in mind, I’m only the “middle mom”, and that I’m only getting them ready to successfully move into their forever homes.
Fostering may not be for the faint of heart, but it certainly does expand it. Try it! You won’t regret it.
Interested in fostering? Contact The Humane Society of Central Texas for more information!
Author, Debra Jupe
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Debra Jupe writes romance/suspense. Her favorite authors are Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, and Lisa Jackson.
You want every HSCT dog to find a loving, forever home, right? And you want to help them find that home, but you don’t know what you can do?
How about becoming a volunteer? I know, I know, you’re busy, and you don’t have a lot of time. Plus, going to the shelter and viewing all those dogs in need will make you sad or you’ll want to take them all home, etc. I get it. I felt the same way. I avoided venturing inside the kennels for a long time. I’m not going to lie. My heart does hurt when I meet so many homeless dogs and knowing I can only do so much.
But let me let you in on a secret. Strength grows in numbers. Meaning, joining other volunteers CAN make a huge difference in a small amount of time. Volunteering can turn a dog’s dreams of finding a forever home into a reality.
How? By doing something as simple as spending time with them.
The main requirements shelter dogs need to make them more adoptable are exercise and socialization. Yes, that’s it. Only it’s essential they have both each day.
When I say EVERY dog in the shelter, I do mean every dog. The high energy jumpers, the growlers and yappers, those poor babies who cower in the back, and of course, the calm pups who are waiting patiently for just a kind word.
Most personalities perk up and change the moment they eagerly leave the kennels and that moment is how fast you can make that difference.
Exercise is as effortless as taking a stroll around the grounds. Let’s look at how just walking a dog improves its demeanor.
It strengthens the bond to humans. They will learn to trust easier and quicker. They will also become friendlier when introduced to their new family.
It helps with weight management. A few pups come in overweight, but many stop eating due to stress and lose weight. Exercise will de-stress, and the movement stimulates their appetite, so they’re healthier.
Walking also assists in improving socialization. They get used to meeting new people and see or intermingle with other dogs, readying them further when transitioning into a new home.
It increases mental and physical health. It’s boring sitting inside those tiny kennels every day. Activity relieves boredom and stimulates their minds and bodies, which make them more adaptable when they move into a home of their own.
Getting the dogs outside and spending time with them makes them less lonely. Can you imagine sitting in the same little cubical day in and day out with only smidgens of contact? Dogs are social creatures. Even the pups who are not dog friendly crave human companionship.
Not to mention they’re getting better trained to walk on a leash, a win win for the dog and their new owner.
And last but certainly not the least, YOUR health also benefits from the added workout. It’s much cheaper, more enjoyable, and more rewarding than hitting the gym!
Socialization is the other necessity, and it is designed to introduce dogs to new experiences and allow them to get accustomed to different situations so they know how to act and react appropriately.
Many shelter dogs are disconnected or they do not trust. It’s imperative to bring them into the play areas and INTERACT with them. Pet them, talk to them, and don’t be afraid to get down on the ground with them so they understand you are not a threat. Many have been let down and will behave timid, at first.
How dogs relate to people is so important when meeting potential adopters. Disinterested, growly, barking, and jumpy dogs usually have a much more difficult time leaving the shelter. All it takes is an hour a day to change that behavior and up their chances of getting into a forever home.
Are you ready to sign up? Go to the HSCT website, find the form, and go from there. After you’ve completed your orientation, and you’re looking for more specifics in assisting, then contact me through this blog. A group of fosters and myself are forming a side organization, The Canine Crusaders to work with these pups on a regular basis. We need compassionate people to join. No experience is required. Just bring your big heart!
Urgents in Need!
It’s been a rough week at HSCT and with high intakes and low adoptions, the following pups are desperate to find a forever home or a foster.
Others in Need of Homes
Tyrone, another overlooked black dog
Tiger is an all around dog.
Sher Khan is still a puppy!
Chocolate is a delicious girl!
Strider has been under the weather and out of sight. He’s better now and needs a home. Zippy is a shy guy who just wants to lay at your feet!
Amos is a big gentle lug who has a ton of love to give.
How can anyone resist Timone’s sweet face?
Perry is a heart breaker. He’s ten years old and has no business in a shelter.
Barrow is last on the list. Lets not let him move up any further.
Debra Jupe writes romance/suspense. Her favorite authors are Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, and Lisa Jackson. Find her books at http://www.amazon.com or http.www.thewildrosepress.com Website: http/www.DebJupe.com
Want to make the world a better place? Foster a shelter animal or two—or even more. Foster is a crucial part of the animal rescue world. I am a HSCT foster and I can attest, fostering is an amazing experience for me and hopefully for the animals. HSCT’s foster program is near and dear to my heart!
Fostering Saves Lives
Everyone’s heard the saying. Fostering saves lives. This is true, and the action is the very heart of a foster program. Fostering empties kennels. HSCT, like all shelters are always cramped for space. Each time a kennel is vacated, it saves the life of the pet fostered, and it frees up a place for another animal.
But what exactly does fostering entail? Fostering a pet means allowing a homeless animal to live in your home as a member of your family until it is adopted. What are the requirements while an animal is in your home? Fostering includes nurturing, training, and giving loads of love. Fostering also makes the transition into a forever home easier for the pet and the adopter.
So aside from saving a life, what else does fostering do?
Foster Pets Learn How to be Loved
Many animals, especially dogs come to a shelter environment, hurt, abused, or abandoned. They may have trust issues and won’t go near their foster parent or they may behave the opposite and have separation anxiety and refuse to leave their new person’s side.
There are quite a few animals who are surrendered by their owner, due to one reason or another. These pets usually feel betrayed and can shut down. They had a good life and it was taken away. Now they live in a noisy kennel. They’re basic needs are taken care of, but that’s about all the overworked staff can do. These poor souls don’t understand why their companion left them after they’ve been a faithful friend. Fostering helps those animals believe in humans again. It assists in reestablishing trust.
Time and patience are the key to successful fostering. Once the pet feels secure, then their true personality emerges, and they grow into loving, adoptable animals.
Frightened or Ailing Animals Tend to Thrive Better in a Home
This is common sense. We all improve, health-wise, faster when we’re at home. Animals are no different. Like humans, they need a quiet place to decompress or heal. This happens much quicker in a home with someone to care for whatever their needs are.
There is an infirmary of sorts, but kennel coughs and upper respiratory will swiftly spread, so those dogs and cats do better out of the shelter setting. Unfortunately, the space is even a broader problem for those who need extensive care. There simply isn’t room for broken bones to mend, those suffering with mange, or other ailments.
Frightened and shy animals require socialization multiple times daily. Again, there isn’t enough staff to go around to work on social skills, and the employees greatly appreciate the fosters who are willing to take on these harder cases. Which brings us to,
Fostering is Not for the Faint of Heart
Like any other animal, all shelter pets have their quirks. Fears of thunderstorms, loud noises, and even an unexpected move will send a timid or fearful animal into hiding. Other peculiarities they can be fearful of inanimate objects. I have a friend who is in a wheelchair. She wanted to adopt a shelter dog, but had a difficult time finding one who wasn’t afraid of her chair. Some are terrified of people wearing hats, and the lists goes on, so be prepared.
Fostering a pet is an adventure. Pets have never lived inside or even been in fenced yard may not react favorably in the beginning, and they may try to escape. Kennels are a great safe place and a good training tool most of the time. Every now and then you run into a dog that goes crazy when contained.
Potty training isn’t necessarily a given, so you may end up doing lots of laundry. Anther tip; keep plenty of chewables and toys on hand. It’s your house. Set boundaries and stick to them. It’s easy to be lenient on an animal whose come into your home after suffering or having a hard life. But remember, limitations show love, too.
Keep a Sense of Humor
This is necessary when dealing with animals, whether it be your own pet or a foster. In the past year and a half, I’ve fostered around fifteen dogs. I have at least ten stories for each, and while some didn’t seem so humorous at the time, most now will end in a chuckle.
I currently foster a dog who refuses to walk inside the house. He’s afraid to go past the threshold. Outside? No problem. Yes, I do leash him when I’m in a hurry and he’s fine, but he likes to run and play with the others, and I encourage that when I have spare time. Those skills are also beneficial for him.
I don’t understand his adversity to walking inside, but he has a trigger that I must deal with, which will help him integrate when he starts his new life with his forever family.
Saying Goodbye is as Hard as You Think it Will be.
I hear this all the time; I can’t foster because I wouldn’t be able to give them up. For the longest, I felt that way, too, but it hurt one hundred times worse when I viewed photos of beautiful animals with RIP next to their picture.
I altered my outlook.
Now I do confess. I cry every time one leaves me. I always rush to the box of tissue sitting on the shelter counter after a foster is adopted.
Yes, it’s a bittersweet moment when they trot happily out of the building with their new owner. (Sometimes they don’t even bother to look back) Don’t let that profound second get in the way of becoming a foster. The happy ending makes every tear worthwhile. Most adopters are thrilled to send fosters recent photos and provide updates.
It’s also great to form a relationship with new owners because occasionally the transition isn’t always smooth. Your availability is reassuring to the adopter and that encouragement is imperative when making a successful blending. Once in a while, an animal is returned, which is okay. The pet’s needs are first, and if the fit isn’t right, then they come back, and we move on.
Just realize, whatever happens, when one chapter ends, we begin another. That’s fostering.
This says it all.
HSCT Foster Program
Emily Keil is the foster coordinator at the Humane Society of Central Texas. and she graciously has agreed to give us some personal and foster information.
A little personal history. Are you from Waco, if not where are you from. How long have you been at HSCT, and how long have you been the foster coordinator?
I’ve lived in Waco since I was 2. My Dad has always been a big supporter of the Humane Society and all of our pets that we didn’t pick up as strays have come from here.
A bit about the program. How long ago was it formed? In that time, how much has it grown? And where do you see it going in the future?
I think the foster program was formed about 5-6 years ago but it was more of a “foster-to-adopt” program then, rather than providing a home for an animal until it was adopted. It was tiny. Now we typically have upwards of 100 animals in foster care on average (more during kitten season) and we have about 90 foster homes with about 40 active fosters at any given time.
What specifics do you look for in a foster?
I mostly want our fosters to be conscientious, able to follow directions, and desirous of what’s best for the animals. They don’t have to be certified dog trainers or trained veterinarian technicians, (we can help with all things animal related!) but we do need them to care about the animals enough to do what’s best for them and ALSO to care about potential adopters. Fosters need to be good representatives of the Humane Society to our community through the way they care for their pets and the way they interact with other people.
Would you rather the foster chose their pet or would you prefer to pick?
I don’t mind if fosters pick choose which pets they want to foster – after all, we want fostering to be a good experience for the foster PERSON as well as the foster animal and sometimes the best way to make that work is for the foster to choose an animal they feel will fit well in their household. On the flipside, we often have animals that require foster homes because they cannot stay at the shelter for medical or behavioral reasons. In these cases it helps if fosters are open to suggestions.
If someone would like to become a foster, what is the process, and how long does it take before they bring a pet home?
If someone would like to become a foster they can apply online or in person. It’s easier for me to organize my time if folks apply online but I certainly don’t want to turn away anybody who walks in. I usually respond to online applications by email in 1-2 days (but we had about 30 people apply at once after hurricane Harvey so I’m a little behind!). Once we’ve established an email connection I may ask for clarification about a few things on their application but once all questions have been answered and they’ve read through the foster protocols they’re ready to take a pet home!
More on How Fostering Works
When the HSCT receives a dog or cat that, for some reason, can’t be immediately placed up for adoption. We then call our list of foster care volunteers and this is how it works from there:
The first willing foster home will come to the shelter and pick up the animal—along with all available information and supplies.
That animal then goes to the foster home until they are ready for adoption. (You may need to bring the animals back to the shelter periodically for medical check-ups by our on-staff veterinarian.)
The animal stays in foster care until it gets adopted! Fosters may chose an adopter but they may not turn over the animal until the pet is spayed or neutered and the fee is collected.
Fostering animals provides the shelter with much-needed space for taking in more animals in need, and keeping the animal in a foster’s home begins the socialization process that many of them need. As well as providing a loving environment for that animal temporarily. We could not make it without our Foster Parents!
HSCT Fosters-Why I Foster
I chose to foster after leaving my past job at an animal hospital in NY where I started an adoption program saving over 200 animals in 3 years. I still felt the need to to contribute to both the community and the animals so I started fostering kittens. It has only been a rewarding party of my life. My past job at Busch Gardens Williamsburg almost all of our animal super stars came from the shelter so I will always do my part to save and promote adoption animals as potential new family members. ~Kristin
I chose to foster after leaving my past job at an animal hospital in NY where I started an adoption program saving over 200 animals in 3 years. I still felt the need to to contribute to both the community and the animals so I started fostering kittens. It has only been a rewarding party of my life. My past job at Busch Gardens Williamsburg almost all of our animal super stars came from the shelter so I will always do my part to save and promote adoption animals as potential new family members. Kristin ~HSCT Foster
HSCT Foster Sholly says, Dan and I try to foster dogs that seem like hot messes that no one will adopt, in hopes that giving them a home and stability will bring out the good in them. We do our little part to save a life every now and then, and most importantly we try to make sure our adopters get the best experience possible to word gets around about how great adoption is. That’s probably our motivating reason. To make adoption great. We do kittens because, well, they’re kittens.
These three boys are still waiting for their forever homes….
Big Boy Ballou
Big, fun guy, Ballou’s owner spotted him at the shelter and had to take him home and make him a member of his family!
Hey bubs and babes. I’m Ballou. Big, Beautiful, Boisterous, Ballou, and I have problems. You see, because of my larger size, and I’m a bit loud, people tend to hurry past my kennel. No one stops to talk to the big dude, you know? Which is kind of sad. I only bark because I want to get to know you, and I want you to get to know me.
Trust me, my heart is as big as the rest of me! I behave well outside of this small cage. I like to romp, play, and if you’re in search of an exercise partner, we’d make a great team. I love to go for a stroll and I look impressive as I proudly show off my skills on a leash.
I may need some guidance after I’m in a home, but no worries. I’m a brainy one, so I’ll catch on quick to whatever you want me to learn. I also have a deep bay, and although I’m sweeter than molasses, I sound ferocious. I’m an awesome alarm system.
So how about stopping by my pad and give the big guy a second look? Better yet, take me home! My adoption is sponsored so I’m FREE! I’m Ballou. (A077417) I’m a two-year-old, male, mixed breed, and I’ve been here since 6/6/17.
Bugsy made it out in the nick of time, and is luckily with his forever family.
Yo! Are you looking for a dog with a “cool” factor? You know, one whose smart and extremely good looking? One who may act aloof, only underneath it all, there’s a heart of gold, just waiting to be discovered? If that’s the kind of companion you’re searching for, and even if you’re not, stop by my kennel.
I’m Bugsy. And I’m kinda hard to get to know. I was probably abandoned, so I have some trust issues. That doesn’t make me a bad guy, it just means I protect my heart because I don’t want to have it broken again. Even though I may be distant, you’ll notice there’s a sweetness about me as I slowly warm up to any positive attention. I’ll even give you a quick kiss or two if you speak to me in a kind voice. I truly want to love someone and have them love me back.
I also desperately want out of this kennel. I’ve been here since, 6/6/17 which is indeed long time to be waiting for the right person to find me. I need a loving home with a patient owner where I can decompress, learn to integrate into a family as I gain confidence. Can you help me do that? I’m Bugsy, male, three-year-old pittie mix. My ID is A077416.
Laynie the Water-dog
HI! My name is Laynie and I’m a happy, happy girl once I’m outside. I become even more excited if there’s a pool in the vicinity. I really, really, like to get my feet wet. Even though I’m a water girl, I’m rather chill when I’m allowed to explore. I’m never jumpy or loud after I’m no longer inside those scary kennels.
As you may notice, I’m a very pretty, mid-size dog. Perfect for an apartment or a home. I may be distant when we first meet, I’ve been here for quite a while (my entrance date is 6/14/17) and I’d rather use my free time outdoors to explore. But that doesn’t mean I’m unsocial. I’m just afraid to let myself get too attached. With time and patience, that will all change. I’ll make a wonderful well-rounded companion.
And I’m waiting for that day! I’m saving up all my love and kisses for a special person or family to come. I just need a chance to show you what a wonderful girl I truly am. So, will you give me one? A chance? I promise you won’t regret it. My name is Laynie. I’m a female, two-year-old mix breed. My ID is A077574.
Hey baby! It’s Baby, and I loved to be babied! I’m an enchanting, petite girl, who’s curious about the world around me. As a matter of fact, I’m a little nosy body. Everything interests me, because I love to learn!
Besides absorbing the atmosphere, I’m also quite adorable, not to mention I have the cutest smile! While I am quite bright, I do need a tad of leash work, but that shouldn’t be a problem. I just need a new human to take me for walks, and I’ll get it. I’m also a little weary of people, I may have some desertion setbacks, so my new family will have to be patient with me. Once I warm up, I promise I’ll make you a fabulous companion. All I need is a bit of babying.
So how about you come get me and baby me? I’ve been here since 6/29/17 and the staff is quite wonderful, I prefer a home of my own. My name is Baby, and I’m a year-old female, Catahoula mix. My ID is A0778
Look at me, I’m one handsome dude! My name is Leander, and yes, I am a good-looking guy. It’s unclear why no one has picked me to be their forever dog. I figure my perfect family just hasn’t found me yet. But I think we need to rectify that situation. So let me expand on my wonderful qualities.
Along with winning the lotto in the looks department, I also have an amazingly charming personality, nice manners, and I’m always happy. I really like to play, but I have no problem being a lap dog if you let me! I’ll lay on you and snooze, and I promise to keep you warm on those upcoming cooler fall evenings.
To sum me up, I’m just a sweet dog full of love and kisses who doesn’t have anyone to bestow my love upon or give my sweet kisses to. Would you let me love you and maybe love me back? Come to kennel and let’s connect. I’m Leander. I’m a two-year-old, male, Labrador Retriever/Border Collie Mix and my ID is A077674. I’ve been patiently waiting for my perfect owner to come get me since 6/20/17 and I need you to hurry!
Uniquely Jaq Jaq
Adorable Jaq Jaq has been adopted and is happily basking in his forever home.
Hello all! This is Jaq Jaq. I know you’re all probably thinking, what kind of crazy name is Jaq Jaq? I consider it as unique. Kind of like me. I’m a super-calm boy, a bit unassuming in my kennel. I slowly lumber up to the gate, ready to warmly greet anyone who stops by. My tail is always wagging and a smile is on my handsome face.
What else is exceptional about me? I’m known around here as a gentle giant. I’m serene, relaxed, obedient, and patient. If you’re a fan of larger dogs, I truly hit all the marks, which is I’m kind of confused as to why I’ve been overlooked. I’ve been good-naturedly waiting since 6/15/17. Maybe it’s because my tranquility and silence doesn’t command a lot of attention. But my great looks, intelligence, and contentment should have you rushing to my kennel, prepared to take me home.
I mean seriously. A happy dog in a shelter. That is unique. How can I be so cheerful, you wonder? Can’t say. Although it’s just my nature to roll with the flow, I’d be much happier in a home of my own. Can you help me out on that? I’m Jaq Jaq. I’m a three-year-old male, boxer mix, joyfully waiting for you in kennel. Come see me!
Yancy, the Perfect Gentleman
Yancy’s new owner spotted him and noticed his charm and they immediately added him to their family!
I’m Yancy, and if you’re searching for a distinguished canine who has impeccable manners, then I’m the gentledog for you. As you can see by my striking photos, I’m already dressed in my tuxedo, and I look very handsome. My other impressive refinements include, walking on a leash, and I’m amazing, I know basic commands, and to top off my accolades, I’m quite the charmer.
So, with all these great attributes, you have to wonder why I’m still here? Well, it is a puzzle. I am a bit on the thin side and could use a few extra groceries, and then there’s my bark…it’s a little different. I’ve been told I sound like a seal. It’s not so awful. Some consider it quite cute and it adds to my special personality.
Bottom line, I’m a great dog, I’ve been passed over, and that’s a shame. I’d make a wonderful addition to any family. Come meet me. I’m Yancy. My ID is A077662. I’m a male, three-year-old, pittie mix. I’ve been at the shelter since 6/20/17.
Roxy is decompressing in foster care. Call the shelter if you’re interested in giving this amazing girl her forever home.
I’m Roxy and I’m yappy. Yes, I admit it. I’m wanting out of my kennel so bad, that I yap at everyone that passes by. Still, no one stops! Do you know how long I’ve been in here? Since 6/15/17. That’s a long time to be caged, especially for a young girl who enjoys being active. Now, I even have one of those unsightly staff only signs on my gate, because I bark really loud when other dogs walk by.
Truthfully, I want everyone to hear my message. There’s nothing wrong with me other than I’d like to be living in a loving home. I’m a pretty girl. I’m skilled on a leash, I mind my manners, (outside the kennel), and I’m easily trained. All and all, I’m just a sweet, little lady. Once I have a soft bed to curl up on and a person to cuddle with, I’ll be a wonderful family member. Plus, I’ll be much quieter. Promise.
So, can you close your ears for just a few minutes and take the time to get to get to know me? You won’t regret it. I’m Roxy. I’m a female, eighteen-month-old, pittie mix. My personal ID is A077556
Alena, the Perfect Girl
Adorable Alena found her a great, loving home where she’ll be spoiled and pampered, just like she deserves!
I’m Alena. I’m an extra special girl, and I’m searching for an extra special person(s). I’m extremely tranquil inside my kennel and out. I rarely make a peep. I just gaze at you with my beautiful, soulful eyes, begging to be noticed. I just want somebody (maybe you?) to give me a chance to become a member of their family.
I’m leash trained, I obey basic commands, and my prettiness blends nicely with my gentle personality. I’d be willing to learn a lot more if you’re willing to work with me. Just one glance in my direction, and you’ll see I’m eager to please. And while I’m a mellow girl, I do have an element of coolness which make me unique. Just check out my tiny ears! Aren’t they the cutest?
I truly love everybody I meet, and I can’t understand why I haven’t found someone to love me back. I have tons of kisses saved up as I’ve been waiting for a really long time, (since 6/24/17) and I’m ready to go home. Would you take me to yours? I’m Alena, an exceptional, female, 2-year-old American Staff Mix. Please consider adopting me, and making me a part of your family.
Sweet, Sweet Nala
Psst. Are you wanting a dog who is calm, gentle, curious, and walks fantastic on a leash? How about a girl who moves like a dream and is prettier than a sunset on the beach? Are you looking for perfection? Well, I’m not perfect, but I’m possess all the above-mentioned traits.
My name is Nala, and I cornered the market on great dog features. It’s a puzzle to me. I had a home, but my owner no longer wanted me, and left me here. Their desertion makes me a bit distant in the beginning, but a few kind words and some treats, I’ll warm up real fast.
Nowadays, I sit composed in my kennel, wagging my tail whenever someone stops by to speak to me. I’m not the jumpy type, I’m more quietly excitable. Because I’m unassuming may be why no one has picked me to take me home, and make me their pet.
I’d really like to have a family of my own to love. The days seem to pass by slow, yet I’ve been in my kennel since 6/22/17. I’m such a good girl, I deserve a good home. I’m Nala. I’m a five-year-old, female, Labrador Retriever Mix. Come adopt me!
Ringwald has had a long relationship with the shelter and he desperately needed an out. Luckily a foster saw his stress and gave him a place to chill until his family can be found.
These four urgents are in need of a photo shoot, which will be coming soon! Don’t let their lack of pics stop you from adopting or fostering. Lady Tramain (top corner) Ringwald, (middle), Jester (bottom) and Junior.
Adorable urgent, Chiva went into a foster home. This low-riding, love bug is still available for adoption. She’s sweet, submissive, and is so loving. She’d make a wonderful addition to any family. Contact the shelter for more information.
Look Who’s Left the Shelter and is Now Chillin’!
Thanks to all the rescues who have taken 130 dogs and cats to make room for displaced Harvey pets or so HSCT can handle overflow from other shelters who are housing hurricane pets.
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What is The Humane Society of Central Texas adoption process?
So, you want to adopt a pet from the Humane Society of Central Texas? Of course, you do! The “fur’s” housed at this facility are wonderful, all deserve a forever home and your home is perfect!
But where to start?
There are several options that will lead you and help you through the adoption process.
First find the “one.” I don’t know about you, but I fall in love with every one of these babies just by looking at their pictures. While all are welcome in my home, certain photos catch my attention and draw me in.
Once you’ve found your next family member’s photo you can fill out an application online. It’s suggested you do a follow up phone call (254) 754-1454 as the HSCT staff is small, and they may not always see or get to an online application.
Speaking to a staff member will also provide more information, such as true age, size, personality, and in some cases, how the pet came to the shelter, plus availability. The animal may be in foster care or already adopted and the info hasn’t been updated.
But if your desired fur baby is still waiting, you will be asked to come to the Humane Society to meet and make sure you’re a good match. In dog adoptions, if the prospective adopter already has a pup at home, they’re encouraged to bring their dog up for a meet and greet. Any meet and greets between two strange dogs must be done by an experienced kennel personnel or a qualified volunteer.
Note: This practice is not a HSCT requirement, unless there are extenuating circumstances, i.e. the dog has shown major aggression toward other shelter dogs or someone had returned the dog because of belligerent issues with other family pets.
Dogs get along, right? Decision made? Yep! Grab that kennel card on the front of the chosen dog’s kennel (or kitty) and head on into the lobby, fill out an adoption app, if you didn’t online, then you wait—just a few minutes, and an adoption Counselor will invite you to their desks to discuss the application, review the questions for clarification.
What are the questions? Here are a few examples.
Where will the pet stay? Inside, outside, both?
Is there appropriate fencing if the animal is outdoors?
Who will take care of the pet if you’re not able?
Meeting options of other family pets.
Explanations about Heartworms, clarifying that if a dog is HW+ that the new owner will assume the cost and responsibility.
Current and prior health issues are the new owner’s obligation.
Once the particulars are understood and agreed upon, the counselor will enter the info into the computer. Payment is expected, which is one year and older is $50.00 and $75.00 for a kitten or puppy under a year old. (They take credit/debit card, check, and cash!) These fees are for spay or neuter, first heartworm prevention, and shots.
All that and a sweet love bug, too? What a deal!
Next, you’ll receive your paperwork (kennel card, medical history, disclaimer, and receipt) and possibly your new “baby” provided they’ve already been spayed or neutered. If not, you’ll have to wait until an appointment is scheduled, and you can pick them up at the assigned vet.
If you adopted a pet and cannot take it home right away due to needing to be fixed, you’re welcome to call and check or come up and visit to bond.
The Humane Society of Central Texas is having a Clear the Shelter event on Saturday, August 19, 2017.
This is a national event, supported and promoted by NBC owned television stations. All shelters are encouraged to participate, and HSCT has been involved for the past few years.
Sponsored and free to adopt!
Urgents in Need of Homes!
Unfortunately, adoptions were very slow these past two weeks, meaning the adoption section on this page is a little sad. So many urgents are still waiting. The shelter is full and these wonderful dogs need an out ASAP!
Your Newest Family Member is Listed Below!
You don’t need to wait! There are several urgents who’s fees are also paid.
Approximately three weeks ago, I selected my latest foster, Chico. If you’ve followed this blog, you may remember he was a featured here earlier as a dog in need of a quick out. I chose Chico because he was number four on the urgent list, black, larger, older, and he has cherry eye in one eye. My personal preference is harder to place dogs, so he fit the bill.
I brought him home, and folks, this boy was a hot mess. He was apparently a backyard dog, left alone, and he was taught…well, nothing.
He didn’t walk, he bounced and twisted on a leash when leading him outside. He barked—a lot. Whatever moved–or didn’t, caught his attention, and he had to chase it. And I had to chase him. After only spending a few minutes with Chico, I was pooped and questioning my sanity.
But I’m determined, if not stubborn. Every day since his arrival, I’ve gently allowed Chico to realize his circumstances have improved. At first, he failed to understand petting was nice and apparently no one ever talked to him. He didn’t appear to know what to do with treats.
I confess, he’s been a challenge.
About a week ago, one evening, he finally decided to quiet down and lay next to me. I rubbed his back and as I stroked, he snuggled closer. I spoke softly, explaining how he has toys, he doesn’t need to rip mama’s dish towels apart. He just smiled and drifted off to sleep. Then I heard it. The sound I’ve been waiting for.
A deep, profound sigh.
And I knew, he knew. He could relax. He was safe.
Since, our hot mess days have reduced to hot mess moments, and he’s improved every day. He’s a sweet boy who loves to cuddle and just hang out with me. What’s the change?
Chico is decompressing.
What is Decompressing?
Decompression – a state of relief from pressure; a return to normalcy after a stressful period or situation.
What occurs during the transition from the shelter to a home is critical to a successful adoption. It is not just getting to know one another, but laying the foundation of a life together.
As discussed in the last blog, life in the shelter is stressful, and surprisingly moving on after an adoption can also be just as taxing for a dog. This puts pressures on an owner and their pet if owners don’t comprehend the anxiety their new pet is experiencing.
Hence the reason for adoption returns.
Why would coming into a loving home be traumatic to a dog? After all, they’re out of the shelter and with their family. They ought to be thrilled they’re in a home, right?
Well yes, but no. Consider the conditions they just escaped. Pups can stay in the shelter for days, weeks, or even months. They’re home is an 4X6 kennel, framed by other 4X6 kennels, full of dogs yapping or howling, strange people coming and going, and they get very little exercise or socialization. They also sense what’s happening to some kennel-mates who leave, but don’t return and are aware it could happen to them.
Then one day that all changes. An adoption from HSCT will come with a vet visit to be spayed or neutered if they’re not already, so that trauma must be factored in. Once they’re fixed, they move into their forever home. New surroundings, new owners, unfamiliar scents, and noises, and add in other pets is confusing to them. An actual routine can also be bewildering.
Which means, humans should not expect their new pet to automatically fit right in. Forcing them interact right away could create problems if they’re not ready. They need space, time to chill and relax. Decompress.
What and What NOT to do
Wanting to coddle an adopted shelter dog, particularly one who’s had a rough life is natural. Owners aspire to present a perfect world within the first twenty-four hours. But dogs need to find a calm state of mind or they become overwhelmed. The amount of time it takes to mellow depends on the dog, but expect it to take at least two full weeks, and that’s a minimum.
During the first weeks, a dog needs gentle guidance, exercise, (walking and limited play) and quite bonding time. FYI, don’t just let newly adopted dog wander out in the backyard to do its business unattended, even if the yard is fenced in. Adopted shelter dogs may not realize they’re “home” and will scale a fence and be gone. It’s best to take them out on a leash until they feel secure and realize this is their forever home.
Become a Boy Scout, Be Prepared
So how to ready a family and home to integrate a new pooch? First, follow the adoption coordinator’s instructions. The staff at HSCT know these dogs. They can explain their triggers. They can also describe what to expect from each dog, how avoid formidable situations, or how to handle them if they arise.
It’s also imperative to prepare for the arrival of a fur family member before they come home and, the transition should be as smooth as possible. Owners need to exhibit patience and give a dog time until it’s ready to be fully integrated into the household.
Having a designated spot to rest and relax is vital. A soft, cozy bed is a necessary welcome, specifically for a senior or a dog that’s not in the best shape.
Keeping a new pet in a crate during their decompression period when home alone is also helpful and smart. This avoids any disasters if the dog panics. Once the animal grasps their person will return, keeping them contained will be an owners decision. Many dogs would rather stay in their kennel. They feel securer in their personal space and that’s okay.
Once they realize they have a safe place to go, they will begin to feel comfortable. A new dog needs to know where their water and food bowls are located, be sure to show them. Stay consistent during feedings times and potty breaks. Even mature shelter dogs will grow to love a routine, and in most instances, these constant practices will assist in incorporating them into the family quicker.
Realize adoption and being brought into an unknown environment can make a dog fearful, and fear is a powerful emotion. Speak to him or her in a soft voice. Petting needs to be gentle. Don’t throw a pet into a social setting and expect him to interact. It may not be ready to interact with you.
Watch Your Little Ones
Children, especially small children should be kept away even from the gentlest dog as the new pet decompresses. Introductions should be slow and supervised. Unfortunately, our little ones can behave unpredictable around a new dog and the greatest dog in the world can behave unpredictable around children, particularly when grabbed, pushed, kicked or fallen on. It’s advised to NEVER leave a smaller child alone with a dog. Teach children how to treat animals kindly. It’ll be a valued lesson you won’t regret.
Introductions to other family pets should also be gradual. An adopted dog needs to get acquainted with his elements. Walks together is the best way to keep control and allow dogs to get to know one another, otherwise, meet and greets should be supervised, brief, and repeated until confident all animals are content and will get along. In other words, keep pets separated until sure everyone is friendly.
Compassion is Your Friend
Remember a dog may revert to bad habits when they experience a huge life change. Even house trained dogs can have accidents due to stress and anxiety. Take them out frequently. Reward and praise when they do their business outdoors. If they have a mishap indoors, do not yell or punish them. This will only slow down any forward progression, and it’s not a positive or productive pet owner practice
Every dog will make the transition to a new home at his or her own speed. Normally, it will take a shelter dog, 6-8 weeks or it might take longer to fully adjust. Don’t worry if the behavior doesn’t fall into place right away.
With love and patience, it will happen.
Note: Separation anxiety is very real. Practice brief absences during the initial decompression. Keep good-byes and greetings low key until the dog adjusts. Doggie puzzles and Kong’s are always great way to entertain a confined pet while they’re by themselves.
Urgents in Need of a Home or Foster!
Siva the Sweetheart
Number 1 urgent Siva was saved by a rescue. Good luck sweet girl!
Hello friends! I’m Siva and I want a forever home. I desire to have a family so bad, I’ve taken to performing gymnastics in my kennel to get attention. I tend to demonstrate my cartwheel expertise when people pass by to let them know I’m stressed, and to tell them I’ve been stuck into this small space a long time.
You see, I’ve been here since 3/4/17 and I seriously want out. I’m not sure why no one’s picked me to be their pet. I’m a beautifully marked lady, and I have an amazing smile. I can be bit shy once I leave my kennel, but I warm up with kind words and petting. After I’m comfortable with you, I’ll happily show you how sweet I am.
I am a well-mannered girl. I walk great on a leash, and while I may be able to do a handstand when I need to be noticed, I am mostly calm and accommodating. Promise! How about you come to HSCT and take me into the playpen. Let me show you what a lovely girl I am. I bet after we meet, you’ll want to take me home.
I’m Siva. I’m a two-year-old, female, pittie mix. My # is A076723, and I’m in kennel # D051 and my adoption has been sponsored. I’m free to adopt to an approved adopter.
Fantastic Hico found his forever home at a rare Sunday adoption event.. Congratulations to a great dog and his new family.
Hey there! It’s Hico! I’m a cute, cute guy in need of a loving home. I’m bubbly and fun, much like a puppy, but since I’m older, (I’m two) I don’t have the annoying puppy habits that’ll require a lot of corrections.
I’m a sleek, well-built, mid-sized fellow with a fun, cheerful personality. Even though I’ve been a resident of HSCT since 5/22/17, I always wear a huge grin. I’m fairly calm, but I enjoy activity. I walk easy on a leash and sit quietly in my kennel waiting… If you’re fond of evening strolls or a swift morning sprint, then I’d fit fantastically into your lifestyle.
You also want a pup that’s easily trainable? Look no more. I’m the one you’re searching for, I’m a pretty smart dude. I’m also affectionate, and have no problem handing out a kiss or two.
I’m alert and I notice everything. and while I’m curious about my surroundings, I’ll happily stop my probing for belly rubs or if you want to tell me how much you adore me. I’ll certainly return your admiration by adoring you too!
I’m Hico, a male, Labrador Retriever Mix. Come find me in kennel #Y033. My # is A077057. I’m a boy who loves to play and searching for a partner to play with. Is that you?
Sweetheart Maggie is now an ex-urgent1 She has her own family!
Maggie is a dream dog. She’s adorable, she’s funny and she loves people. You won’t find a better girl to add to your family.
Hello out there! My name is Maggie, and I’m a lovable girl whose looking for somebody to love me. I’ve been searching for my special, loving person a long time, and no one’s come for me. Where are you, person? I’ve been a tenant of the shelter since 5/22/17 and I’m ready to leave.
I’m confused as to why nobody has picked me to be their pet. I’m a wonderful, affectionate girl. I enjoy back and belly rubs, and I give the sweetest kisses. I’m also intelligent, pretty, and I have a delightful personality. I’m lively, loads of fun, and just a sweetheart, but I also enjoy serene time, and lay quietly near my family.
So, what’s the reason I keep getting overlooked? Well…I can be a bit yappy in my kennel—did I mention I’m desperate for a loving home? My barking is just my way of letting you know I want to go home with you. If you gaze into my pleading eyes, you’ll see how much I desire to make that dream come true. Can you help? Can you give me a home and family I want so bad?
Come meet me! My name is Maggie. I’m a female, two-year-old Australian Cattle Dog. I’m in Kennel #D057 and my ID A077080.
My good buddy Bjorn found his forever home!
Bjorn is a thief as in he’ll steal your heart! He’s such a gentle, loving sweetheart and he just needs a chance to show off all his endearing qualities.
Who likes to cuddle? I do! I’m Bjorn. I love to snuggle and give tons of smooches to my friends. What I’d really wish for is to nuzzle with my own family. Only I don’t have one. I’ve been waiting a long time for them to come find me, since 5/22/17.
You see, I earned a not so great reputation when I first entered the shelter. The scars on my face say my prior life was rough, and I was a little growly because I was scared. Due to my negative disposition, this awful sign was tagged to my kennel that only staff could handle me. This probably made potential adopters ignore me.
But hey, I’m much better. After hanging out here, I’ve learned to chill, and I’m more accommodating. Now that I’m relaxed, you’ll discover I’m an awesome, happy guy. I’m a giver and a pleaser, and I love to show my love. I’m trained on a leash, I’m intelligent, friendly, and I won’t jump on you.
If you’re wanting a handsome boy whose smile is as huge as his heart, then just get me outside the kennels and watch my personality shine. I’m Bjorn. I’m a male, four-year-old, Labrador Retriever/Boxer Mix. My ID is A077083 and I currently reside in kennel #D070, but I’d like to change my address…to yours, maybe?
Urgent Cappy found his forever home!
Cappy may be considered the “senior” in this bunch, but he’ definitely doesn’t act his age. This wonderful guy has many good years of love left and he just needs to find someone who’ll love him back! He knows you’re out there! Cappy is HW+, but his treatment has been sponsored, so his new owner will not have to assume the responsibility.
Ahoy mates! This is Cappy. I’m searching for a permanent place to drop anchor and live with my very own boating partner. I’m not too picky, though. It’s okay if you’re not into cruisers. I’ll happily ride shotgun in any type of vehicle if you give me a home. I’ve been waiting on deck a long time. I sailed into the shelter on 5/24/17, and I’m ready to move aground forever.
I’m a good ol’ sailor pup. I walk superbly on a leash. I’m rather mellow, very curious, extremely affectionate, and an all-around content sea-dog. I know a few basic commands, and just because I’m more mature than the younger buckaroos around here, doesn’t mean I can’t learn. I’m one canny salty dog.
Although I’m not at sea, I do enjoy a dip in the pool. If you’re into swimming, just give me a holler. I’m there. To top off my attributes, I’m striking in the looks department and as every decent sea-dog, I have a charming personality. I have all that’s needed to be an excellent companion except a person of my own. How about navigating to the shelter and let’s congregate and see if we’re a match.
I’m Cappy. I’m a male, five-year-old, Collie/Lab mix. You can find me on the starboard side of the shelter in Kennel # R091 and my ID is A077134. Cappy is heartworm positive, but his treatment has been sponsored.
Kutie Pie Kratos
Kratos is simply perfect. Perfect size, perfect manners, perfectly handsome, this boy is perfect in every way! What makes him even more perfect, is his adoption fee has been sponsored.
I’m Kratos, and they tell me I’m amazing. But what’s amazed everyone who knows me, is how an amazing guy like me hasn’t found a home of my own. I’ve been a HSCT dweller since 5/28/17, and I’ve been continually bypassed. I don’t understand why.
Those at my photo shoot were impressed at my gentleness and poise, plus I display great manners. I walk outstanding on a leash, I obey basic commands, and I have a lovable disposition. If you want to snuggle, I can do that. If you like sweet puppy kisses, I can give those, too! I’m a people loving pup!
My face is simply adorable as is my funny personality. I also have a funny bark, which I utilize liberally inside the kennels and that may be what’s turning potential adopters off. Honestly, I’m quiet most of the time, but because of my long stay here, I’m trying to get you to appreciate what an amazing boy I am, and I need an amazing home. I bet your home would be perfect for me.
Come over and see me! I’m Kratos. I’m a four-year-old male, Amstaff/Pointer Mix. You stop by kennel #Y029 and meet me. My ID is A077192. Oh, and one more piece of interesting information. My adoption fee has been sponsored. I’m FREE to adopt to an approved adopter.
It took awhile, but owner surrender, Jay found his forever home and is living happily ever after!
Jay, silly, silly Jay. His owners surrendered him because they were moving, and he’s quite anxious inside his kennel as he tries to make sense as to why his family no longer wanted him. Outside, he’s a perfect, lovable gent, who just wants to please and have fun.
Hey. Jay here. I’m a big ol’ sweetie, full of playfulness and love. I think people are the best and I’m thrilled to hang out with ‘em, especially if we can play a game of ball or tug on a rope. I also am ready to pass out my sweet kisses to anyone and everyone.
I’m like to explore and am curious to everything that’s going on around me. I’m well behaved, obey commands, and I’ll impress you when walking on a leash. I also think it’s fun to ride shotgun if taken on outings. Bonus, I’m also potty trained!
With all these great qualities, I do have some abandonment issues. I was surrendered (on June 2, 2017) by my owners who moved and didn’t take me with them. I’m having some trouble connecting with humans right now, and I’m a stressed in my kennel. If I had a new home and family of my own to make me feel secure again, I’m sure those negative emotions would fade.
I’ve been told I’m an awesome all-around dog and a faithful companion, all I need is you to come get me so I can prove how wonderful I am. Name’s Jay. My stats: I’m a four-year-old, male, Stafford American Mix. My ID is A077323 and my Kennel # is D052.
Really Terrific Raffie
If there was a contest for the sweetest dog award, Raffie would most certainly win. He’s not only accommodating, he’s also well behaved, leash trained, and a total love! He sits quietly in his kennel waiting, which is probably why he’s urgent. No one notices him. Go meet Raffie and take this sweet boy home, today!
I’m sad to report poor Raffy was returned and this amazing boy is once more in need of a forever home.
Former Urgent Fraffie is now in his forever home!
I’m a cutie! I’m a sweetie! I’m Raffie! I’m a well behaved, smart boy. I know basic commands, I stroll splendidly on a leash, and I’m extremely loving and affectionate. I’d be an ideal addition to any family…the problem is, my mellowness keeps those searching for a companion from noticing me. I’ve been an exemplary guest here at HSCT since 6/5/17, but I’d like to become a permanent resident in a home of my own.
I’m the type of pup who enjoys taking long walks, playing a game of catch, or relaxing on the couch with my favorite person. I’m genuinely a multi-talented doggie! Not only do I possess fun and intellectual attributes, my looks are striking and my low-key disposition matches my handsomeness, just look at my precious under-bite! I will make whoever chooses me a fantastic family member, I just need someone to choose me and take me home. How about you?
My name is Raffie. I’m a male, two-year-old, Catahoula Mix. My ID is A077354, my Kennel # is R104. Hurry over for an introduction. Once you meet me, I’m sure you’re going to want to make me a part of your family!
Sweet Pea Sadie
Sadie is just precious. She sits in her kennel, looking so lost and forlorn since her owners surrendered her. She adores attention and she so wants to be a part of a family again. Who will give this lovely girl a safe home she deserves?
So happy this sweet girl found her home! Have a happy life, Sadie!
Have you ever seen such a beautiful, joyful smile? I’m Sadie and if anybody has a reason NOT to smile, it’d be me. You see, I was adopted from the shelter two years ago. An unfortunate incident (not my fault) involving the neighbor’s dog landed me back here (since 6/5/17) and because my former owners couldn’t keep me safe indoors, I wasn’t allowed to return to my home.
Despite my circumstances, I’m cheerful, walk nice on a leash, I sit when commanded, (see, I’m smart, too!) and I’m just a loving and affectionate girl. As you can see, my beauty goes way beyond my smile, and I’m a very pretty, graceful girl, inside and out. I’m the perfect package. The only thing lacking in that perfection is a loving family so I can be a Velcro dog and stick by my human’s side.
Your side might just be the right one. Come to the shelter and let’s find out! My name is Sadie. I’m a three-year-old, female, Australian Shepherd/Retriever Mix. My ID# is A001336 and my Kennel is #R083. I’m also sprayed, so we can start our life together today!
Sully is a beautiful, goofy boy. It isn’t clear why he keeps getting ignored. His adoption fee has been sponsored.
Super adorable, Sully was lucky enough to have a rescue grab him. He’ll be in for some much needed R&R and training before finding a forever family.
That face! How can anyone not fall in love with that adorable face? Sully is a cutie through and through. He needs some training, but he’s smart and learns quickly. He just needs some direction and a lot of love!
Isn’t Sully just an adorable name? Yep, it’s my name and I’m just as delightful as my moniker suggests. I love visitors who come to my kennel to visit me. I snuggle up to my gate, waiting to be petted as my tail wags ninety miles a second. I can’t wait until somebody unlatches the lock and springs me forever—but be ready! I’ve prepared loads of kisses to give to my rescuer.
As sweet as I am, I must confess I do need some training walking on a leash and no one’s ever taught me manners, but it’s not my fault no ever bothered with me. Although my charm makes up for my lack of knowledge, the trainers at the shelter are helping me. They know I’m a smart boy and I’ll catch on quick. Once I’ve had a bit of schooling, I’ll be perfect!
You don’t have to wait for perfection. Come meet me now and give me a chance. We can learn together! My name is Sully. I’m a male, two-year-old, Pittie Mix. My ID is A077194 and I’m in Kennel # # D053. I’ve been here since 5/28/17, and I need someone to take me a home and love me forever.
Bold and Bright Brannon
Brannon has the best smile, because he is the best. This boy is curious, loving, and if you’re a fan of black dogs, then you can see what a stunner he is. Come meet this great guy, better yet, come take him home!
Brannon is a typical Black Dog statistic and has been overlooked. His adoption fee has been sponsored.
Who likes just a simple good-looking, sweet pup? If that’s the kind of dog you’re searching for, then let me introduce myself. I’m Brannon, and I’m in need of a forever home. I came here on 6/1/17, and since then, I’ve been a well-behaved boy, even in my kennel, yet people keep passing me by.
Why? I can’t say. I have a ton of wonderful attributes. I enjoy being with people, especially if they scratch my back. I’m active enough to go on a jog or long walk, but I’m also calm enough to just hang out and cheer on your favorite football team—or diss the potential mates on The Bachelor. You choose. I’m not fussy as long as I can be with my human.
I walk fine on a leash, and while I’m friendly and lovable, I could use some training, but that shouldn’t be a concern. I’ve displayed a wide range of intellect, plus I’m still a pretty young guy, I’ll learn quick. I just need someone to teach me. How about YOU? Will you be my person?
If the answer is yes, then come quick, and take me home! I’m Brannon, my ID is A077256 and my Kennel # Y028. I’m a year old, Male, German Shepherd/Lab Mix.
Just look at that happy grin! Long boy, Brisco loves to have his belly tickled and he’s a such a snugger! How can anyone resist this special boy?
Former urgent Brisco is now happy with his family!
Do you know how to make me smile? Actually, I smile pretty much all the time,but if you want to really see me grin, just rub my belly and scratch my back. My name is Briscoe, and I’m about the happiest guy in the shelter. You may wonder how I stay so happy, I’ve been hanging around this place since 6/5/17, and even though I smile at everyone who walks by, I still haven’t found anyone willing to take me home.
I’m a bigger guy and I’m extremely long, which may scare some people off, but don’t let my size fool you. I’m a mild-mannered chap who loves to be around humans and relax. Besides my grin and good nature, my standout feature is my awesome green eyes. Stare into them, and they’ll melt your heart. Since I’m a younger boy, I do need some extra training, although I do okay on a leash. I just need a bit of TLC. Can YOU come get me and give me the love I desperately crave?
My name is Briscoe, come by and I’ll flash my infectious grin. If you pay attention, you’re going to want to make me a member of your family. I’m a year and a half, male, Labrador Retriever/Boxer Mix. My ID is A077389 and I’m located in Kennel #D050
Former Urgent Piper has been adopted!
Yes, Piper is a bigger girl, but outside her kennel, she’s serine, friendly and well mannered, not to mention strikingly gorgeous.
Do you like graceful? Elegant? Refined? If you want a pup with all of those qualities and more, then you’ve come to the right place. My name is Piper. I’ve been waiting inside my kennel since 5/30/17 for the perfect family to take me home…but alas, no one has shown interest in me.
Perhaps I’ve been ignored because I’m a tall girl or I can be a bit yippy inside my kennel, I’m just trying to convey how ready I am to go home. Don’t let my height or my kennel manners stop you from taking me to the playpen.
You’ll see that I prance beautifully on a leash. Not only do I walk well, I’m also stunningly beautiful. I display exemplary behavior outside my kennel. I obey basic commands, and I’m always a lady, and we all know lady puppies don’t jump on their humans.
I’m such a lovely girl and I’ve been waiting for that one special person to come and meet me. Are you that special person? I’m Piper. I’m a female/spayed, three-year-old, Labrador, Pointer Mix. I’m expecting your visit, and you can find me in Kennel #R109 and my ID is A059583
Pongo went from urgent, to foster, to his forever home!
If shelter dogs were given awards, Pongo would win the most fun award, hands down. This energetic boy loves to play! He also has a loving side and is very affectionate. He’s just a pup, and he needs a home, soon!
Have you ever looked at those pictures of homeless dogs and wondered why no one has adopted them? Yeah, I’m bewildered, too. My name is Pongo, and I’m the most entertaining dog here, but nobody’s notices. I mean, I’ve been trying my hardest to amuse folks since 6/5/17 and still, no takers.
I just need out of this kennel to show you what I can do. I love to play, but I’m not bouncy, I enjoy a game of catch, and show me some water, and I’m diving right in. I’m full of energy and can be ready to party in a mere second.
Oh, you want a dog that’s fun, but enjoys some down time, too? No worries, I’m a pro at relaxation. I have no problem laying by my human’s side and just chillin’. I’m also a fast learner, if that’s important, I can obey basic commands.
My only issue is I do need some leash training, but I’ll pick that up in a jiffy if you take me on daily walks. So how about YOU come by and see me? Maybe take me to your place, and we can hang out, like forever?
Remember, the name’s Pongo, same as the Disney flick, 101 Dalmatians. I’m also a Dalmatian, mixed with a bit of Lab. I’m male and seven months old. I’m eager to go, so just come to Kennel # R095 and pick me up! My ID is A077391
Urgents who are in need of updated photo’s and bios