Tanker B Jones is a big beautiful Blue Staffordshire Terrier (pit bull) that we rescued from the Harris County Animal Shelter in 2012, shortly after we formed K-9 Angels Rescue. He was about 9 months old, crazy scared and suffering from some type of K-9 influenza. Mary Tipton and I spent about $3,000.00 on him and K-9AR also spent much of our very little budget trying to keep him alive. Every night before I went to bed I would go sit with Tanker and tell him that if he survived I would adopt him. Well he finally came around and is now a great ambassador for K-9AR! He loves going to Strut Your Mutt and is always in contention for the first dog across the finish line (last year he was beat by a nose by a young pup who cheated because she had wings and could fly). What he really likes is meeting all of the other dogs and their peeps, the ice baths, and all of the treats that he gets.
I am Board President of K-9AR. We have participated in this event for several years and last year, for the second time, we were the top National Fundraiser in the Event. The donations we have brought in from Strut your Mutt has allowed us to elevate from a small dog rescue to one of the largest all volunteer pet welfare non-profits in Houston. We now rescue and rehome over 1,000 dogs and ~ hundred cats per year. We utilize our foster and volunteer resources and our facilities to collaborate with several organizations to transport 100's of unwanted pets from Houston to Denver, Minneapolis and other communities that have a need for adoptable pets.
The fundraising from Strut Your Mutt has also allowed us to expand beyond dog rescue into The Empty Shelter Project, which provides FREE spay/neuter, vaccinate, microchipping events to at need communities in Houston/Harris County. We have done 11 events since 2017 and have provided this service to over 3,900 pets all free to the public. This results in an estimate of over 20,000 first generation pets not coming into the already hugely overcrowded unwanted pets problem in our area.
As an off-shoot of The Empty Shelter Project we are now operating a small High-Volume Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic that is helping to contribute to solving the homeless and unwanted pet population problem in Houston and Harris County.
So Tanker B Jones and I are asking you to donate to our team in support of K-9 Angels Rescue. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit and our productive growth in helping with Houston and Harris County's (and your) unwanted pet problem over the last several years should assure you that we will maximize the use of every dollar that is donated.
thank you for your support!