Brazos Valley Residents Rescue Pets from Certain Death

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

The clock is ticking for hundreds of animals at a Montgomery animal shelter.

Thursday night, we told you that since Ike hit, dozens of abandoned pets have been taken in by the shelter as refugees and orphans, and that the shelter would have to put them down unless they could find new homes.

Friday, Brazos Valley residents stepped in to help.

"We felt bad because we saw it on the news last night that they were going to euthanize them so we thought we would come see if there's one that would match our family," College Station Resident Mary Borski said.

The Borski's found a puppy named Freckles.

"She actually found us, my son just loved her so much," Borski said.

The Montgomery County Animal Shelter put out a last minute plea to pet owners, adopt an animal--before the animal has to be put down.

The shelter has become overrun with animals from other shelters in Houston seeking shelter from the storm.

"When we heard Ike was coming, we took in hundreds of other animals from shelters, and rescue groups from South Houston and they house them here," Sandra Hanson with Friends of Montgomery County Texas Animal Shelter said.

Add to that the dozens of animals abandoned at the shelter's doors to weather the storm on their own.

"It happens every time people just expect us to take on the responsibility," LaJeane Thompson with the Montgomery County Animal Shelter said. "It's not a surprise."

What is a surprise, is how many people show up to help.

"I got 20 phone calls last night and another 30 this morning from people in College Station and Bryan wanting to come this morning and take some animals," Hanson said.

Families like the Borskis from College Station, and the Dodsons from Madisonville who adopted Maddie.

"She's part German Shepherd and not a puppy," Sandra Dodson said. "She's just really mild mannered and a sweet dog."

A sweet dog that'll now get a fresh start with a new family.

UPDATE: LeJeane Thompson with the shelter says because of Friday's turnout, no animals will have to be euthanized Friday night.

That being said, the shelter on average takes in 3,000 pets a month, roughly 200 dogs that have been staying in foster care will be available Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The shelter also expects hundreds of more animals to come in later this week, as recovery efforts continue in Galveston and Houston. They are still asking for anyone needing/wanting/willing to adopt a pet to visit them at their Conroe shelter.

To get directions to the shelter, and pictures of some available pets, click on the links below.

KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
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