Volunteers and staff work tirelessly to care for the 250+ animals in their care, but there is only so much time and space to do right by them. Only 26% of dogs leave this facility alive. We want to make this clear – this shelter isn’t the enemy. Lack of resources, animal welfare education, and mass spay/neuter campaigns keep this shelter flowing with animals day in and day out. As a municipal facility, they can’t turn any animal away.
The Southern city never thought to prepare for the winter weather that we see in the midwest. Pipes burst, clean water became inaccessible, bills piled up, and beloved companion animals were euthanized at even higher rates. They could barely thaw out the frozen water bowls when new animals entered the shelter even faster than before.
During the storm, kind citizens brought dogs and cats off the streets so they wouldn’t freeze to death. After the storm subsided and new problems arose, those animals had nowhere to go. Belonging to no one, they could either go back on the streets or into a shelter.
Our intake team at Ruff Start Rescue tags as many dogs in Laredo and Houston as we can. Tagging is essentially us saying, “Hey, we’ll take this dog. Please take them off the euthanasia list.” This is not a task for the faint of heart as we see the faces of dogs we can’t say ‘yes’ to. As a foster-based rescue, we can only save as many animals as we have foster homes. You can find out more about becoming a Ruff Start foster on our website.
We are so grateful for this partnership with Laredo Animal Care Services and can’t wait to see it grow. We hope you’ll see that they’re doing their very best to help the animals in their care. Ease their burden when you donate desperately needed supplies to Ruff Start Rescue by Friday, March 5. We’re sending as many supplies back as we can to the struggling shelter on March 6.