5 Puppies, 3 Rescuers, A Sick Euthanasia Pull, A cross-County Pick Up of 10 Dogs Headed To Wisconsin In A Very Typical HalF-Day in The Field With Houston's K911 Rescue
Day 7 – August 6 – Houston
Deanna Vollano, Producer
Day 7 of our journey finds us meeting the Houston K-911 Rescue team of Anna, Katie and Nicole for their daily rounds. We met them feeding 3 strays that were new to them. None of the three dogs were in poor condition or injured and in fact looked really good. In fact, the gentleman dog was quite attracted to one of the ladies…..
The next order of business was to rescue some puppies. We stopped in front of a house and when Katie started talking about Chocolate the dog, that they had spayed and returned to the family, a light-bulb went on, well 2 of them.
This was the house of a dog that I photographed under a pick-up truck last December when we were in Houston. She was too shy to come out then, but now she was happy to visit with us. In another moment I realized that we were at the same spot where we came with Forgotten Dogs of the Fifth Ward to feed Mr. Woolsworth! It became very familiar when the toddler puppies came running out to say hello. So we were back at the house of a family who seems to have too many dogs to handle.
The first step was to retrieve the brand new puppies which were laying in a pile underneath a dog house in the yard. There were 5 tiny puppies that Katie skillfully removed. They were only a few weeks old at best. When Anna realized that the puppies didn’t have teeth yet, she knew that they had to find their mama and take her with them as they were still nursing. The problem was that she had not come out to greet us and we couldn’t find her. In the meantime the toddler puppies were providing entertainment for all!
After a short time, the matriarch of the family that owned the dogs, found the mama and brought her to us. She said that K-911 Rescue could take all of them. She also agreed to allow K-911 to neuter a large male dog that was tethered in their yard. She trusts them because they took Chocolate to be spayed and did indeed bring her back. Katie, Anna and Nicole will work on placing the other toddler puppies but for now, they’ll live right where they are.
With mom and her puppies safe in a crate in the car, we went to check on some dogs at Dodson Park. This is a high traffic area for stray dogs and today was no different. A new addition to the area was a female medium size dog and she was sweet as can be. Anna didn’t know if she’d been recently dumped but it was clear that she has had puppies at least once if not more. Anna was quite afraid that this sweet dog could be taken advantage of if left on the streets for any length of time. WA2S filmed a plea with Anna and the dog (now called Brandy) for an adopter. Anna explained that K-911 would find her, pick her up and have her spayed, micro-chipped and given shots, all free of charge for anyone who wanted to adopt her. They will also transport the dog if the family were out of state. She is a sweet, docile dog and I hope she has a good ending to her story.
Katie and I then separated from the group and went to Harris County to pull a dog. K-911 usually only pulls from the streets but this one tugged at their heart strings and was going to be saved. Katie came out with a beautiful gray pitbull. This dog had a micro-chip however it was registered in New Hampshire and none of the contact information was up to date. Next stop was Aldine Animal Hospital to drop our friend Herbie off for some care. Once Herbie was checked in we picked up Nick, who was being transferred to K’s Mutt Hut for boarding. K-911 has a great relationship with K’s Mutt Hut and uses this facility for any longer term boarding before a foster becomes available. They absolutely don’t mind that it’s an hour drive to get there because it’s such a quality and accommodating facility.
Once Katie and I dropped off Herbie and picked up Nick (who by the way is quite a lover, and helped drive) we met Anna and Nicole at the Enterprise truck rental location. Not only were Anna, Katie and Nicole doing their typical rounds, but they were also preparing to transport 23 dogs from Houston to waiting families in Wisconsin; this is what the truck was for. At that point Nick got in the truck along with mama and her puppies for the one hour drive to K’s Mutt Hut. Upon arrival I understood immediately why K-911 loves this place; it looked to be a lovely facility with very caring staff members. Mama and her puppies, along with Nick were unloaded but we would not be returning empty handed! 10 dogs were loaded into the crates in the truck that were to be included in the freedom ride to Wisconsin.
This is the kind of busy day that is so typical for Anna, Katie and Nicole. They are on the streets, rescuing dogs and finding forever homes for them. It takes a special person to dedicate their time to the street dogs. I’m so impressed and respectful of what they do. Now it’s time for WA2S to move on to San Antonio.
Look for many new rescue videos to post from this half day in the field with Houston's K911 Rescue. Subscribe to WA2S Films YouTube Channel to see videos the day they are released: http://www.youtube.com/WA2Sorg
To adopt any dog from Houston K911, reach out to Anna Barbosa here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Houston-K-911-Rescue/397319573781764