Get to Know: Abandoned Animal Rescue
In November 2017, the Healthy Paws Foundation announced the grant program, The Healthy Paws Rescue Race, funded through our “every quote gives hope” program. After six selected animal welfare organizations “raced” to the finish line, the foundation gave $50,000 total in grants. The top receiver of votes won $20,000, second place won $10,000 and four finalists each took home $5,000. Provided below is the story of finalist Abandoned Animal Rescue in Texas.
Located in Tomball, TX (part of the Houston metropolitan area), Abandoned Animal Rescue (AAR) is a cat and dog center that includes a no-kill adoption shelter, an affordable spay-neuter clinic, a wellness center and community education outreach. Founded in 2002 by three dedicated animal lovers; Angie Fenton, Barbara Schulz and James Gordon, AAR is entirely managed and maintained by volunteers.
AAR’s mission is to end the unnecessary euthanasia of helpless, unwanted animals and place them in permanent homes, as well as to properly educate the public about responsible pet ownership. They take steps to achieve these goals by focusing on spaying and neutering animals to avoid pet overpopulation and therefore, unnecessary euthanasia. A large part of their mission is to provide affordable spay/neut
er services to the public in their spay/neuter clinic and wellness center.
Run by volunteers, the AAR has a roster of approximately 40-50 kindhearted people who range in age from pre-teen to senior, all whom donate their time to the organization. They care for the animals and oversee adoptions, and there’s even a dedicated team of trained clinic volunteers to assist the veterinarian and staff the office. Additionally, volunteers chair many fundraising events and participate in civic events. The only paid positions the AAR has are those for veterinarians and technicians.
AAR struck Healthy Paws as something special in their policy: they actively work to treat every animal in their care as they would their own pets. They never euthanize healthy, treatable and manageable animals that can be rehabilitated. The truth is that they’ve spent thousands of dollars on medical care and behavioral training, and they never once euthanized to make space. “We had Chopper for almost 5 years before
he was adopted by a wonderful loving couple,” says Board Secretary Ms. Karen Pitcock. That kind of devotion to animal well-being is not just well-intentioned, it’s downright admirable.
The organization has big dreams beyond their mission. They just moved to a new location to provide more comfortable accommodations for the animals they take in. Plus, with the Rescue Race funds, they are planning a bright future: “The grant money from the Rescue Race will be used for a few things. First would be a doorway in our dog quarantine room that will lead directly to a private outside yard,” Ms. Pitcock explains. “Next, a covered walkway from the house that holds our reception area and clinic to the ‘dog barn’, so dogs and volunteers do notget wet when it’s raining.” And it won’t stop there. She continues, “A folding stainless-steel exam table for our intake room would allow more space during exams, a new deep stainless-steel sink for dipping and bathing cats and dogs as ours is starting to rust. Lastly, a small deep freezer to put Kongs filled with peanut butter in to help keep the dogs occupied while in their kennel at night.” If you’d like to get involved with the AAR, whether that is volunteering, fostering, donating or adopting, check out their site to view opportunities as well as wishlist items.
Visit the Healthy Paws Rescue Race page to learn more about the other participating organizations that qualified for grants in 2017, and check back here on the blog to read about each organization!