It is the HSDC's charter to be a true "no-kill" shelter, regardless of the medical conditions an animal may present when it comes our way. Many animals with long-term and complicated health conditions end up staying in our shelter for most of their lives. But it is always our hope to nurse each animal back to its best possible health condition, and find an appropriate adopter for that animal.
Many of our volunteers and visitors may remember one of our saddest cases of a cat with chronic health issues--that of little Robbie. Robbie was found with red, irritated skin, open sores and patches of hair missing around his ears, neck and tail. His eyes were cloudy due to an undiagnosed eye condition. It was clear that he was miserable, constantly scratching and grooming himself until his skin was bloody.
HSDC took Robbie to a number of veterinarians, but none were able to diagnose the cause of Robbie's chronic itchiness. So despite his less-than-ideal appearance, we continued to care and love Robbie, and entered him into our guardian angel program--hoping to find someone willing to fund the many veterinarians we were seeing to try to find a diagnosis for his condition.
This is Stoney. Because of a family relocation, he is looking for a new home in the middle years of his life. He is a very good boy, playful, a lovable faithful friend and, yes, a puppy at heart.
Sadly, Stoney has tested positive for heartworm. Because he is a BIG boy, overweight like many middle aged folks, his treatment must be slow and gentle -- to cure the disease without harming the dog. He has a foster home but he would love to have a Guardian Angel who will help pay for special care for a special boy.
This big "puppy" will be seeking a permanent loving home after his treatment, so send in your adoption application if Stoney might be the one to complete your family.
Humane Society of Dallas County is deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend and supporter Al Huchet.
Al was always on the job to help animals in need, in any way he could. He worked on our promotional materials as he did for many rescue groups. Just last fall, he organized the fundraising/adoption event for Dog & Kitty City at OC Smokehouse. He planned to make this an annual event!
Al could not do enough to help animals. We were so lucky to know this wonderful man and call him our friend.
Al will be sorely missed by the animal community. In lieu of flowers, his family has requested friends donate to one of his animal causes including our shelter, Dog & Kitty City, Paws in the City and the Texas Legislative Network (to stop puppy mills). A donation to any animal cause in his name will honor this special man! His spirit will live on in the animals he has done so much to help.
Services are Saturday, February 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Park Central Baptist Church, 7777 LBJ Freeway.
Alessandra (Ally) Alexandrou lost her life in a tragic automobile accident last August. She cared deeply for others and had an incredibly big heart and understanding ways. Among her many dedications, she loved animals of all kinds and was passionate about helping animals in need.
Her family and friends will gather at Chick-fil-A (Inwood Road north of Forest), one of Ally's favorite hangouts, on February 23rd, which would have been her 18th birthday.
Chik-fil-A is donating a portion of the sales that day to the Ally Alexandrou Memorial Scholarship Fund at Bishop Lynch High School. Family has extended invitations to those who knew and loved Ally. Everyone is welcome.
Next door at PetSmart our volunteers will be at the LuvAPet cat adoption center and accepting donations to HSDC Guardian Angel program in Ally's name to honor this young woman who left us too soon but left her indelible mark on all she touched.
To remember Ally, you can join us on February 23rd and/or donate to Ally's Angels, a special segment of the Humane Society of Dallas County Guardian Angel Program, to share in her spirit of caring.
We are thrilled to report that our 2011 Holiday Raffle was a resounding success! Our goal was to raise $10,000 through raffle ticket sales. Not only did we reach that goal--we exceeded it by selling a total of $12,200 in raffle tickets, with two "matching" donations of $480. A grand total of $12,680 raised! This is the most money ever raised through this volunteer-run fundraiser. A big thank you to everyone who celebrated our raffle success by coming to this past weekend's Raffle Drawing party at Lee Harvey's. The raffle party photos by professional photographer Mike Hanna will be available for viewing shortly. Thank you to all of the donors of our raffle prizes, to our volunteers for selling tickets and to those who purchased tickets. We could not have done this without you. Winners of our fabulous prizes are listed below.