<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth News - Clear the Shelters]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/localen-usTue, 20 Aug 2019 05:29:00 -0500Tue, 20 Aug 2019 05:29:00 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Top Stories]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[The Dodo]]>Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:30:25 -0500]]><![CDATA[Local Shelter Stories]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:00:07 -0500]]><![CDATA[Before You Adopt]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[Videos]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 17:48:24 -0500]]><![CDATA[Amazing Animal Stories]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[After You Adopt]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[Second Chances]]>Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:19:11 -0500]]><![CDATA[Full Archive]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:15:32 -0500]]><![CDATA[Doors Open in North Texas for #ClearTheShelters 2019]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2019 14:56:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/laura-harris-brian-curtis-tom-ehlmann+clear+the+shelters.jpg

On Saturday, NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 kicked off the annual Clear The Shelters adoption campaign to bring thousands of pets home to forever families.

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<![CDATA[Hercules Goes Home With Hector]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2019 15:11:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hercules3.jpg

Hector talks to NBC 5's Brian Curtis and Laura Harris about his decision to adopt Hercules.]]>
<![CDATA[Belle is Going Home on Clear the Shelters Day 2019]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2019 11:47:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Belle+and+Emily.jpg

Belle is going home with Emily on Clear the Shelters Day 2019.

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<![CDATA[A Look Ahead to Clear The Shelters 2019]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2019 08:12:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cute+kitten+generic.jpg

Thousands of animals in North Texas are in need of homes. That's why NBC 5 is partnering with more than 60 shelters throughout the region to help find these animals permanent loving homes.

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<![CDATA[Dog That Evacuated Hurricane Harvey Finds 'Furever' Home]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 11:05:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/harley+dog+hurricane+harvey++thumbnail.jpg

Meet a very good boy named Harley, who evacuated from Corpus Christi as Hurricane Harvey slammed the coast in 2017. He’s now considered a "God send" for one North Texas family.

Saturday, Aug. 17 marks two years since Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area. It's also the same day as this year's Clear The Shelters event at 69 North Texas animal shelters between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. where adoption fees will be waived.

Harley, a brown medium-sized dog, was brought to a warehouse in North Texas where dogs that were evacuated were kept, said Harley’s now-owner Kelli Kyle.

Harley, then named Carter, followed around the employees from the Cleburne Animal Shelter and they eventually took him with them, Kelli said. That animal shelter is where Billie Kyle saw Harley for the first time and she started crying because he reminded her of her previous dog, also named Harley, who she had recently lost, Kelli said.

"We brought him home and he claimed my mom as HIS person and now he’s known as Harley Carter Kyle," Kelli said in an email.

Kelli says he has never had an accident in the house and he always lets Billie know when he wants out and barks to come back inside.

"A year after we got him my mom's memory started failing and we found out she had bad anemia," Kelli said. "He watches her closely and makes every step she makes. She fell outside and he busted through the screen door to get to her."

He never leaves her side, Kelli says.

"They were just meant for each other and he gives her purpose to keep going!" Kelli said.

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<![CDATA[Breaking Down the Pet Adoption Process]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2019 07:51:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2019-08-15+at+3.44.42+PM.png

Thinking about pet adoption but feeling unsure or overwhelmed? The ASPCA's Kelly DiCicco breaks down the process of adopting and acclimating your new pet to your home. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pandora and Vanjie's Clear the Shelters Story]]>Tue, 13 Aug 2019 19:13:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Carlos+pups1.jpg

Telemundo 39 anchor Carlos Zapata got not one but two rescues when he went to a pet adoption event, and brought home bonded pair -- Pandor and Vanjie.

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<![CDATA[Khaleesi's Clear the Shelters Story]]>Mon, 12 Aug 2019 17:38:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Norma+and+Khaleesi+adoption+day.jpg

Telemundo 39 anchor Norma Garcia's live shot with a puppy surrendered during Clear the Shelters in 2018 ended with a new family member, Khaleesi.

Photo Credit: Norma Garcia]]>
<![CDATA[NBC 5 & Telemundo 39 Share Shelter Pet Love Stories]]>Wed, 14 Aug 2019 16:34:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CTS-NBC-5-2019.jpg

Thousands of animals in our area are in need of homes. That's why NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 are partnering with 69 animal shelters and rescues from Dallas-Fort Worth to Clear the Shelters.

Finding forever homes and clearing overcrowded shelters has been a nationwide effort for five years, but it all started at NBC 5 in 2014.

NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 employees have been involved in the effort to Clear the Shelters from the beginning, not just telling stories of pets needing forever homes, but also choosing to adopt pets to add to their family. Here are their stories:

NBC 5 Anchor/Reporter Brian Curtis & Nala

"I adopted Nala two years ago from the Humane Society of North Texas during Clear the Shelters 2016. Nala, a Great Pyrenees/cattle dog mix, had two sisters who had already been adopted, so she was sad and alone when we found each other.

"As soon as I scooped her up, she gave me the first of a million kisses, and it was a done deal. Nala has been the perfect addition to our family that includes two other rescue dogs, Wheeler and Ocho.

"Over the past three decades, we have rescued a total of eight dogs. Ocho, our eighth rescue, hence the name, was also adopted during Clear the Shelters 2016. My first sweet little boy came from the SPCA of Texas."

NBC 5 Anchor/Reporter Meredith Land & Tiny Teddy

"My 10-year-old daughter, McCall, had been asking for a dog for at least three years. With two full-time jobs, a younger son and strange hours (me), we put the furry friend off. I always said, 'When everybody is out of diapers, we'll get one.' Every Christmas, McCall would ask for a dog, and Santa always brought her a stuffed animal dog.

"In 2017, McCall broke me down and I went to visit the folks at SPCA of Texas in Dallas. I told them that my daughter really wanted a Yorkie. They said they would keep their ears open, but it wasn't too likely.

"Weeks later, I got an email from Maura Davies at the SPCA saying a pregnant female Yorkie was one of 117 animals seized in October from a puppy mill in Hunt County. After two boys and a girl were born, I went to the SPCA, held all three and my heart melted when one of the boys clung to me and snuggled me with his fluffy fur.

"It just felt right. Two days later, I picked him up while my children were in school -- I shot video of my daughter meeting him.

"Tiny Teddy has filled our hearts with so much puppy love.”

NBC 5 Anchor/Reporter Kristi Nelson & Nicky and Kenzie

"Both of my dogs are rescues, and they have lived long, healthy lives.

"I found my first dog, Nicky, at the SPCA in Dallas. He actually picked me. With a roomful of people milling about, he looked straight at me and started barking. When I took him out of his pen, he jumped onto my lap and curled up. I had to take him with me.

"I found Kenzie, my West Highland terrier, online. She was in the care of a local rescue group, they'd saved her from a kill shelter — reportedly on the day she was set to be euthanized. She was malnourished and very skittish, but she's become a very loving, devoted pet, and I love her so much!"

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs & Rosie

"After the passing of my dog of 13 years I knew my kids wanted another dog, but I couldn't bring myself to get another one for over a year. My daughter, Sienna, saw all the Clear the Shelters stories on NBC 5 and declared she wanted a new family dog. I was not real excited to take my three daughters to the event. Considering they can't agree on a place to eat I thought, 'How were we going to pick out one dog together?'

"I was at work and happened to notice pets coming out of one of our news studios. This cute skinny boxer was one of the shelter pets they just featured on TV promoting Clear the Shelters. I asked if she was available and was told that she was. I said 'I want her, just let me send a picture of her to my wife first.' I knew she and my kids would want her because they like boxers. My wife called crying, happily; and they immediately went to the Irving Animal Shelter to fill out the pet adoption paperwork.

"We brought Rosie home two days later. Irving Animal Shelter informed us she was a 'bait dog' with almost a dozen scars. Now, she is our beloved family member. She is friendly with kids; and I call her my wife's security dog because she follows her around like she is doing security detail for the governor."

Texas Sky Ranger's Ames Meyer & Pepper

"Before I met Pepper he already had his name. My Grandma and Grandpa had a farm in Indiana and I would stay with them during summer break. They had a dog named Pepper. We were best buds. I followed him and he would follow me. One of our favorite things to do was swing for hours on an old wooden swing. I knew I wanted another Pepper.

"Six years ago, when I visited East Lake Pet Orphanage (ELPO) looking for a kitten, they brought out Pepper and we connected immediately. He was four months old when I adopted him.

"I live in a small apartment so for his exercise we go for walks with his leash or go to pet friendly stores. He is more like a dog which is why I call him my 'Pepper Dog.' He does dog tricks like, sit, shake, high five, lay down, roll over, ring the bell... to name a few.

"He even has his own hat with his face embroidered on it that we are selling. All the proceeds go to the orphanage where he was adopted from. Giving back to the ones that took care of him. You can follow his daily activities on Instagram @the_only_pepper_the_cat."

Telemundo 39 Anchor/Reporter Norma Garcia & Khaleesi

"Khaleesi was surrendered while we were doing Clear the Shelters last year. She was not ready for adoption yet but I asked to hold her because she looked very sad. I used her in our last live shot as an example of the many beautiful dogs that needed homes. She held on to me with such tenderness that it was impossible to let go.

"My husband was on the fence about adopting a puppy so my co-anchor and the production team FaceTimed him to show him the puppy and persuade him. It worked!

"I filled out paperwork for her adoption that Saturday and the adoption was finalized three days later. She recognized me immediately when I went to pick her up. In essence she adopted me and it was love at first sight.

"Khaleesi just finished obedience school. She responds to 'besito' and gives me a kiss."

Telemundo 39 Anchor/Reporter Carlos Zapata & Pandora and Vanjie

"We met this mother-daughter duo at an adoption event hosted by Paw Support, an animal rescue organization in DFW. Don't tell 'The Girls,' but we were actually going to meet another dog available for adoption at this event, but these two caught our eyes and quickly captured our hearts.

"We found out that a year earlier, their previous owner was unable to take care of them and abandoned them at a local animal shelter. Paw Support placed them in foster care, and it was very apparent that they were strongly bonded to each other, so the rescue organization would only allow them to be adopted together. And anyone who has met them can see that instantly—they are each other's best friends and ultimate protectors.

"Motherly Pandora is very sweet and patient with the younger, rambunctious Vanjie, who is always ready to play or steal whatever toy Pandora has at the time. Pandora puts up with this for a while, but at a certain point, she has had enough. Then, in what must be a universal language between parent and child, Pandora gives Vanjie the look, and she quickly leaves mom alone and finds something else to do."

Telemundo 39 Anchor/Reporter Nancy Leal & Fina, Milly and Filemon

"I adopted my 'family' of donkeys four years ago during the Clear the Shelters campaign. Another anchor/reporter was doing a story about donkeys that were from the border. There were 170 donkeys from the border that were going to be slaughtered for their hides and meat. They were saved by a rescue group that then was able to distribute them to multiple shelters. Twenty of the donkeys made their way to North Texas.

"I was looking for an animal to add to the family and enjoy the high grass our land had to offer. I went in to adopt a young donkey to raise and when I arrived I was informed that the baby donkey came with not one, but two mothers; and they couldn't be separated because the baby was still nursing and the second mother was providing supplemental nourishment (most likely because she lost a baby during the trauma of the ordeal). I couldn't turn away then and had an instant donkey family.

"They all have their own personalities and, as you might suspect, they are donkeys so they often are stubborn, but they will do anything for carrots and apples. I love them so much and have helped raise Filemon with his two mothers the past four years.

"They are getting ready to move to a bigger space so they have more land to roam and rule. I have a great college friend who is re-homing them on his ranch this fall. I will still be able to visit them and go hang out with them during my time off, but this will give them more space to roam and enjoy life."

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<![CDATA['Clear the Shelters': More Than 93,000 Pets Find New Homes]]>Mon, 19 Aug 2019 10:53:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Clear+the+Shelters+081719.jpg

Thousands of animals in our area are in need of homes. That's why NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 partnered with other NBC and Telemundo stations across the country to help find these animals permanent, loving families.

NBC-owned television stations took part in Clear the Shelters™ Day on Saturday. It's an initiative to help find new homes for cats and dogs waiting to be adopted.

Between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., 67 North Texas animal shelters and rescues waived pet adoption fees to help families adopt a new pet. Other fees may apply in some shelters.

By the the end of the day Saturday, more than 7,500 animals were adopted into new forever homes in North Texas; nationally, more than 93,000 animals found new homes.

Cleared Shelters

The following shelters were cleared Saturday:

• Euless Animal Services
• Murphy Animal Shelter
• Royse City Animal Shelter
• Sachse Animal Shelter

Have you adopted a forever friend? We want to share your story! Share your pictures or video in an email to iSee@nbcdfw.com(or click here to upload) Telemundo 39 at Telemundo39@telemundo.com. Don't forget to include your name, your pet's name, which shelter you adopted from and a little about why you picked your new family member!

Please refer to the map below to find the participating shelter near you.

Finding these pets quality homes is even more critical during the summer after the populations at shelters swell due to abandoned and surrendered pets following spring births.

It's an effort that started in North Texas.

"We're pleased to see our original goal of alleviating overcrowding at local shelters has had such a great impact on our community," said Tom Ehlmann, NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 President and General Manager. "Now in its fifth year, nationwide, we've been able to witness this campaign grow and truly make a difference."

The ultimate goal of the event is to help as many animals as possible find their perfect match. Last year, the NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 stations' Clear the Shelters campaign resulted in more than 7,400 pets finding new homes in Dallas-Fort Worth. Since 2015, NBC and Telemundo stations' Clear the Shelters effort has resulted in more than 256,000 total pet adoptions across the nation.

"It never ceases to amaze me to see so many people come out on this one day a year to adopt a new pet from a local animal shelter," said Corey Price, animal services manager for the City of Irving. "With so many animals in our shelters, we are grateful for the support of NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 for helping them find new homes."

Clear the Shelters is an initiative spearheaded by NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. Clear the Shelters is sponsored nationally by Cat's Pride® and Hill's Pet Nutrition.

This year, 98.7 KLUV-FM joins as an official local sponsor of Clear the Shelters in North Texas.

NBC 5 extends its support for shelters and rescue organizations throughout the year by hosting a weekly Clear the Shelters segment on Sundays at 8 a.m. to continue helping save lives by bringing about community awareness and providing another avenue to share stories of available pets at participating animal shelters.

More: Clear the Shelters Special Section

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<![CDATA[Texas Dog Gives Birth to 20 Pups]]>Mon, 05 Aug 2019 17:08:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2019-08-05-17h07m11s913.jpg

A Texas vet says never in his career has he seen such a special delivery -- 20 pups born to one dog. Mom Luna, a rescue lab mix, was running loose on a Texas road and picked up by animal control. When Luna's labor wasn't progressing, animal control called in reinforcements. The vet ended up performing a C-section. Mom and pups are doing well and will soon find their "fur-ever" homes.]]>
<![CDATA[Feral Cat Program Begins at Mesquite Animal Shelter]]>Fri, 02 Aug 2019 12:22:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/cat+generic1.JPG

The Mesquite Animal Shelter came up with a solution for unwanted feral cats. They launched a "barn cat" program in April for anyone looking for a pest control solution that's natural and free. Dallas Morning News Reporter Maria Elena Vizcaino.

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<![CDATA[People Are Falling in Love With This Dallas Mustached Puppy]]>Fri, 02 Aug 2019 16:12:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Salvador-Dolly.jpg

Photos of a 5-week-old puppy from Dallas are going viral, thanks to her unique look.

Salvador Dolly is capturing a lot of attention around the country due to her adorable mustache that makes her look a lot like Spanish painter Salvador Dali.

Dolly was one in a litter of 11 puppies cared for by Dallas Animal Services and eventually Hearts & Bones rescue group.

Currently, Dolly, her siblings and her mother are living with a foster family in Dallas. To donate to the puppies, click here.

The pups are relaxing in a comfortable and safe home, while getting medical care and being monitored until they are old enough to be weaned (they're still nursing). Hearts & Bones also has a location in New York City and will transport the puppies there in about a month.

Anyone interested in adopting Dolly, her litter mates or her mom, can apply here.

Photo Credit: Hearts & Bones Animal Rescue
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<![CDATA[Reading Program Helps Kids and Shelter Pets]]>Tue, 30 Jul 2019 17:48:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/dog-really.jpg

A unique reading program at the DFW Humane Society is helping both young people and shelter pets.

Once a week, school children go to the animal shelter in Irving and read to the four-legged residents. 

The interaction with humans helps calm and socialize the animals, which are in need of adoption.

"They'll actually sit and lay down and listen to the child read. It's such a rewarding experience," said Lisa Barlag, who coordinates the Tales for Tails program.

Reading aloud to the animals also helps students like 17-year-old Maria Miseda. English is her second language.

"It helps me reading when I go back to school. I've been much better in reading," she said.

Miseda says she doesn't worry about making mistakes when reading to the dogs and cats.

"Animals don't judge you like humans do," she said.

Parents say they often notice a change of heart in their children who participate in the program.

"I think when they come here, the position that the animals are in, you know, it softens their heart a little more towards humanity," said Stacie Jeffries.

Her daughter, Brooklynn, agrees and has a message for other teenagers.

"You may be too cool to read to dogs, but if you do it, if you give it a shot, it actually changes you and your perspective on reading to animals and caring for them," Brooklyn said.

For more information about the "DFW Humane Society" click here.

For more information about NBC's upcoming "Clear The Shelters" pet adoption event click here.  

For more information about NBC 5’s "Reading With You" click here.

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<![CDATA[Children Invited to Read to Shelter Dogs in Arlington]]>Mon, 29 Jul 2019 10:54:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/white+dog+generic.JPG

Old Yeller, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Lassie are just a few classic books that told the story of "man's best friend."

Now, children can read with a real-life pup in search of a "furever" home. From Monday until Wednesday, children are encouraged to share a book with a shelter pet at Arlington Animal Services.

The "Kiddies Paws to Read" event includes two sessions at 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. Children will be grouped together and read to the animals for 20 minutes. Participants can bring their own books or use one provided by the shelter. The program is designed for kids from 4 to 12.

Scholastic educational company says kids who read to animals are more likely to gain confidence in their abilities and find more motivation to read.

The Arlington Animal Services shelter is located at 1000 S.E. Green Oaks Boulevard.

Go here to learn more and to register.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters, Participating Shelters]]>Sat, 17 Aug 2019 11:38:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CTS+2019+FB.jpg

Find your new best friend with NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 for the sixth annual Clear the Shelters animal adoption drive on Aug. 17. Participating shelters are giving you the perfect opportunity to grow your family by waiving their adoption fees on Aug. 17; however, other fees may apply.

During the summer, many of the shelters swell with abandoned and surrendered pets after spring births.  They are often forced to euthanize animals because they do not have the space to accommodate them all. Last year, 7,401 pets found their fur-ever homes in the DFW area, and this year, you can help us exceed that number. Every adoption is a life saved.

To find your closest participating shelter, visit www.cleartheshelters.com or refer to the list below:

(List in Alphabetical Order by City)

Clear the Shelters
Saturday, Aug. 17
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
DFW Participating Shelters

Town of Addison Animal Control
4970 Addison Circle

Allen Animal Shelter
770 S Allen Heights Drive

Alvarado Animal Shelter
602 South Parkway

Ardmore Animal Care, Inc.
321 Carol Brown Boulevard

Azle Animal Shelter
724 Park Street

City of Bedford Animal Shelter
1809 Reliance Parkway

Humane Society of North Texas Benbrook Waggin’ Tails
9009 Benbrook Boulevard

Bowie Animal Shelter
1504 E Wise Street

Bridgeport Texas Animal Shelter
171 PR 3402

Burleson Animal Services
775 SE John Jones

Carrollton Animal Services and Adoption Center
2247 Sandy Lake Roan
(972) 466-3420

Tri-City Animal Shelter and Adoption Center
1150 E Pleasant Run

Cleburne Animal Services
2375 Service Drive

City of Coppell Animal Services
821 S Coppell Road

Crowley Animal Services
101 E. Hampton Road

Dallas Animal Services
1818 N. Westmoreland Road

Heart & Bones Animal Rescue
1311 S Ervay Street

SPCA of Texas
2400 Lone Star Drive

Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center (City of Denton Shelter)
3717 N Elm Street

City of Euless Animal Services
1517 Westpark Way

City of Farmers Branch Animal Adoption Center
3727 Valley View Lane

Flower Mound Animal Adoption Center
3950 Justin Road

Animal Rescue Foundation of Texas
6060 Long Prairie Road

Fort Worth Animal Care and Control
4900 Martin Street

Fort Worth Animal Care and Control
2901 Texas Sage Trail

Fort Worth Animal Care and Control
4800 SW Loop 820

Humane Society of North Texas
1840 E Lancaster Avenue

Noah’s Ark SPCA
2501 N Weaver Street

Garland Animal Services
600 Tower Street

Grand Prairie Animal Services
2222 W Warrior Trail

Grapevine Animal Services
500 Shady Brook Drive

Haltom City Animal Care and Adoption Center
5312 Midway Road

City of Hurst Animal Services
891 Cannon Drive

DFW Humane Society
4140 Valley View Lane

Irving Animal Services
4140 Valley View Lane
Irving, TX, 75038

Joshua Animal Control
100 Santa Fe Street

Keller Regional Animal Shelter – Humane Society of North Texas
330 Rufe Snow Drive

Wings of Heaven Gate No Kill Rescue
14239 Farm-to-Market Road 635

Lewisville Animal Services
995 E Valley Ridge Boulevard

Little Elm Animal Services
1605 Mark Tree Lane

Sadie’s Place Animal Shelter
2821 Farm-to-Market Road 2737

Madisonville Animal Control Division
210 W Cottonwood Street

Mansfield Animal Care & Control
407 Industrial Boulevard

Collin County Animal Services
4750 Community

SPCA of Texas
8411 Stacy Road/Farm-to-Market Road 720

Mesquite Animal Services
1650 Gross Road

LARAS House (Limestone Animal Rescue and Adoption Shelter)
1517 Highway 171 North

City of Mexia Animal Shelter
211 N Sherman Street

City of Murphy Animal Shelter
203 N Murphy Road

North Richland Hills Animal Adoption & Rescue Center
7301 Iron Horse Boulevard

Plano Animal Shelter
4028 W Plano Parkway

6121 W Park Boulevard

Richardson Animal Shelter
1330 Columbia Drive

Richland Hills Animal Services Center
7049 Baker Boulevard

931 E Interstate 30

Royse City Animal Adoptions
1101 N Josephine Street

Sachse Animal Shelter
6436 Sachse Road

City of Saginaw Animal Services
205 Brenda Lane

Seagoville Animal Shelter
1330 E Malloy Bridge Road

Sunnyvale Animal Shelter
371 Long Creek Road

Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
10200 County Road 2403

Watauga Animal Services
5203 Watauga Road

Ellis County Society for the Prevention of Animals
2570 Farm-to-Market 878

Waxahachie Animal Shelter
191 Lions Park Road

Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter
403 Hickory Lane

Wichita Falls Animal Service Center
1207 Hatton Road

City of Wyle Animal Shelter
949 Hensley Lane Building 100

<![CDATA[Dog Burned in House Fire Helping Others]]>Thu, 25 Jul 2019 18:23:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_burntherapydog0725_1920x1080.jpg

A dog that was badly burned in a house fire is now training to be a therapy dog for other burn victims.

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<![CDATA[Lightning Causes $30K of Damage to New York Animal Shelter]]>Sat, 20 Jul 2019 16:07:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/little-shelter-combo.png

Lightning struck the grounds of a Long Island, New York animal shelter, shattering a memorial fountain and shooting the shards across the facility, causing $30,000 of damage, the shelter said Saturday. 

Little Shelter said its industrial air conditioning unit was destroyed, along with a phone system control panel and the central alarm station were destroyed. 

No animals were hurt. 

A thunderstorm on Wednesday night was part of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Barry. A lightning bolt struck a tree at the Huntington shelter at about 10 p.m., then traveled to the fountain, the shelter said. 

The fountain shattered and pieces of it were strewn across the grounds, with one even flying over the cat building, the shelter said. 

Photo Credit: Little Shelter ]]>
<![CDATA[Wee Pups to (Nearly) Take Wing at the Wiener Nationals]]>Thu, 18 Jul 2019 15:14:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/wienernationalslosalamitos1.jpg

What sort of sound or catchphrase or verbal indicator might a Dachshund employ when she is ready to run very, very fast?

"Meep, meep" is already taken, of course. "I'm outta here" conveys the spirit of a Dachshund on the move, but that is something a human might say, not a pup who speaks in bark-ese.

Hmm. This is ruff, er, rough.

We'll just assume that the sweet but fleet Fidos that compete in Wienerschnitzel's famous Wiener Nationals have one thing on their minds: Reaching the end of 50 yards in an impressively quick amount of time.

And plenty of Dachshunds will do just that, on Saturday, July 20 at Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California.

This summertime tradition is very much about doting on Doxies, and meeting other humans who love these hounds, but there's something even stronger at its strong heart: Raising money for the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, which assists in "...finding home for stray animals in the Orange County area."

Lots of people show with their pooches, hoping they can run, but there are rules to know.

Like? A toy or treat may be employed to "entice" your pumpkin to run, but there is no jogging alongside (two people are permitted with each canine participant, one at the starting gate and one waiting at the finish).

Everything to know? Woof woof: It's right here. There's a release waiver, too.

The cost to enter and cheer on these lil' Lassies and Laddies? It's three bucks, and young people 17 and under will be admitted for free.

Los Alamitos calls the Wiener Nationals the venue's "most popular event" of the year, and over 8,500 people attend, per the course.

So arriving early, whether you have a racing pup in tow or not? Smart move.

Dachshunds are famously smart, after all, and if they could talk, they'd certainly advise anyone to head for the Cypress destination well ahead of the first race of the evening, which begins at 6:30 p.m. (gates open at 4:30 p.m.).

Nope, Dachshunds can't fly, but watching all four of their wee feetsies leave the ground at once, as they attempt to reach the finish line first, can make you feel as though you're heart is in flight.

Yes, we said "wee feetsies." Nope, we're not taking it back.

Photo Credit: Wiener Nationals]]>
<![CDATA[Organization Helping Pets Belonging to Homeless]]>Thu, 18 Jul 2019 19:46:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_petheat0718_1920x1080.jpg

Thousands live on the streets in Las Vegas, Nevada many with a pet. With the extreme heat, their paws are at risk. That's where the non-profit Urban Underdogs comes in, providing food and necessities for these animals that give so much to their owners.
<![CDATA[$20 Pet Adoptions in Lewisville]]>Fri, 12 Jul 2019 15:00:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dog+in+shelter.jpg

If you're looking to add a furry friend to your family, here's your chance!

Lewisville Animal Shelter is offering $20 adoptions now through Saturday, July 27, at the Gene Carey Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, located at 995 E. Valley Ridge.

The fee includes microchip, vaccinations, spay/neutering, heartworm treatment and an optional 30 days of free pet insurance.

The center is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 1-5 p.m.

<![CDATA[Jane Lynch to Host NBC's 'Clear the Shelters' Special]]>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 14:51:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jane123.jpg

Jane Lynch is throwing a party and she's inviting all her four-legged friends. You're invited too.

Lynch is joining NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations' nationwide pet adoption initiative Clear the Shelters as both spokesperson and host of the “Clear the Shelters” TV special that will air on Aug. 25 on NBC. The program will recap this year's adoption campaign.

NBC and Telemundo stations around the country have teamed up with hundreds of animals shelters and rescues to help clear the shelters. The fourth-annual event kicks off in August and will culminate on Saturday, Aug. 18 with Clear the Shelters day, when more than 600 participating shelters will waive of discount fees as part of the adoption initiative. 

For Lynch, her participation in the event is very personal. The Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner is a passionate advocate for pet adoption. Lynch has four rescue dogs of her own, including her two 11-year-old dogs — “Millie,” a Pit-Shepherd mix, and “Bernice,” a Cocker Spaniel. She also has a 1-year-old Cocker Spaniel named “Rumi” and 7-year-old "Arbuckle," an Australian Cattle dog that is social media star with more than 71,000 followers on his Instagram account @allaboutarbuckle.

"I love the initiative," Lynch said. "I know they’ve helped find forever homes for so many animals over the life of this initiative and that’s a thrill for me as a big dog lover."

If nothing else, Lynch hopes the initiative will steer families considering getting a pet toward shelters rather than paying for high-priced purebreds at questionable puppy mills.

"There are just so many dogs on this planet that don’t have homes. Puppy mills … most of them ... they’ll discard puppies that don’t live up to their standards and often these pets will have multiple medical issues," Lynch said. "With a rescue dog, there's already a pet on the street looking for a home. There's just something about opening up your home to a rescue dog that's special."

But Lynch does hope every prospective dog adopter is mindful of the tremendous commitment they're signing up for before embarking on this journey.  

"You need to sit down as a family and know you can do this," Lynch said. "Dogs need to be walked and loved and cared for. If you have other pets you need to make sure it's a welcoming environment. It's something you have to do consciously and not at the spur of the moment," she said.

Lynch adds, "Well-meaning adoptions sometimes go wrong and the dog can wind up miserable if considerable thought doesn't go into this process. It has to be a conscious, thought-out decision."

Photo Credit: Getty Images
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<![CDATA[Humane Society Finds Home for Animals]]>Tue, 09 Jul 2019 16:14:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2019-07-09-16h12m12s432.jpg

Panhandle Humane Society held its weekend adoptions hoping to find new foster homes and forever homes for rescued cats and dogs especially after fireworks this past week.]]>
<![CDATA[Two Pets of the Week Means Double Cuteness]]>Mon, 08 Jul 2019 13:35:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/252*120/POTW+070719.PNG

Cassie and Cole are two 3-month-old kittens who are sweet and love toys with a feather on the end. They actually love doggos and are super cuddle bugs. They are ready to find their forever home and will be available for adoption at the Humane Society of North Texas' Fort Worth location. ]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer - June 28, 2019]]>Fri, 28 Jun 2019 17:27:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo0000524.jpg

Max, Lola Belle, Gunner and Gabby were featured during the Dog Days of Summer segment on June 28, 2019. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Survives 45-Minute Washing Machine Cycle]]>Tue, 25 Jun 2019 06:26:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_washcycle0624_1920x1080.jpg

A cat in Minneapolis, Minnesota is recovering after surviving a 45 minute ride in the washing machine. Felix sneaked into a front-loading high efficiency washing machine while his owner had her back turned. He ended up going through the entire 45-minute cycle, and somehow survived. KARE's John Croman reports.

Photo Credit: KARE-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Two Cute & Cuddly Brothers]]>Sun, 23 Jun 2019 09:14:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pet+of+the+Week+062319_2019-06-23-09-06-27.jpg]]><![CDATA[Dog Rescued From Under Car Hood]]>Tue, 21 May 2019 16:57:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_doginengine0520_1920x1080.jpg

An Alabama woman got quite the surprise when her cat alerted her to something stuck under the hood of her car. Clairessia Gamble found a furry little face starting back at her when she opened the engine compartment.

Photo Credit: WTVM-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Puppies Found in Texas Dumpster]]>Fri, 10 May 2019 16:56:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo00063.jpg

On Tuesday a maintenance worker at an apartment complex in Lufkin, Texas, made a heart-breaking discovery. He found two puppies in a dumpster. The puppies are doing well and are awaiting their forever homes at Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter. ]]>
<![CDATA[Firefighters Use Mask to Save Family Dog]]>Tue, 07 May 2019 16:20:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_dogsaved0507_1920x1080.jpg

A family's dog is alive thanks to firefighters in Fresno, California. They saved the unconscious animal from a burning home Friday night. A firefighter's helmet camera caught the rescue.

Photo Credit: KSEE-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Fund the Shelters]]>Fri, 03 May 2019 16:06:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FTS+2019+web.jpg

Help NBC 5 "Fund the Shelters" with the Michelson Found Animals Foundation. Over 25 North Texas organizations have registered to compete for grant money to fund life-saving programs for pets in their communities. The program, hosted on CrowdRise by the GoFundMe platform, allows our viewers an opportunity to donate to participating animal welfare organizations now through May 9 and gives those organizations an opportunity to win weekly bonus challenges and/or grand prizes from Michelson Found Animals totaling $200,000.

The Fund The Shelters Challenge complements the NBC and Telemundo stations' Clear the Shelters™ fifth annual pet adoption campaign on Saturday, August 17, by allowing shelters and rescues to raise funds to be used to support their programs and efforts, including offsetting reduced or waived adoption fees during Clear the Shelters Day 2019 (August 17). Clear the Shelters nationwide pet adoption campaign has resulted in more than 250,000 pet adoptions since 2015.

NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 ask that viewers interested in contributing to this effort visit crowdrise.com/fundtheshelters to donate to participating local organizations and support year round programs as well as lifesaving programs like Clear the Shelters.
For more information about NBC and Telemundo stations' Clear the Shelters™ 2019 campaign, please visit cleartheshelters.com. To access information in Spanish, please visit DesocuparLosAlbergues.com.

For more information about Michelson Found Animals Foundation visit foundanimals.org.

Fund the Shelters
To Donate to Your Local Shelters:

Photo Credit: Michael Gibson Jr/NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Mesquite Animal Shelter Floods, Cities Band Together to Help]]>Thu, 02 May 2019 21:36:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000303.jpg

North Texas animal shelters banded together Thursday in order to help Mesquite after its animal shelter experienced some flooding.

A couple dozen animals had to be removed from Mesquite Animal Services building which also serves Garland and Rowlett.

The shelter houses more than 100 animals.

Thursday night, around 30 dogs will sleep in air-conditioned trailers parked in front of the building.

The temporary shelters are on loan from the city of Plano, the city of Grand Prairie and the Tri-City Animal Shelter and Adoption Center.

Other animals were taken-in by surrounding shelters, while a few were being kept inside the building.

The spokesman for the city of Mesquite said a 8-inch clay pipe located across the street from the shelter broke, sending sewage water seeping into the shelter this morning.

It is unknown what caused the pipe to burst. The pipe was built in 1958.

Repairs were being done on Thursday afternoon.

The flooding inside the building was minor, about one to two inches in some areas, according to the city.

However, the shelter was forced to close so that staff could clean up and air-out the building.

People wanting to reunite with a lost animal were still able to do so.

The city expressed gratitude for the multi-city aid agreement that made the quick response possible.

"It demonstrates the unity of our animal community, of our shelter professionals," said Wayne Larson.

Mesquite police will be patrolling the shelter overnight.

The animals will be brought back inside Friday morning and the shelter will re-open then as well.

Photo Credit: Maria Guerrero NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Firefighters Rescue Dog From Septic Tank]]>Wed, 01 May 2019 23:54:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000274.jpg

Amarillo firefighters rescued a dog from a sinkhole, saving the dogs life. Now one of the firefighters on that call is hoping to adopt the dog.

Photo Credit: KAMR-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Stolen Therapy Dog Returned to Owner]]>Tue, 30 Apr 2019 16:21:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_pigfound0429_1920x1080.jpg

"Barbie," a therapy pig stolen from her owner's Albuquerque, New Mexico yard is back at home thanks to a tip from a good Samaritan.

Photo Credit: KOB-TV]]>
<![CDATA[75 Abandoned Dogs Saved in East Texas]]>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 17:32:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/East+Texas+Dog+Rescue.jpg

Over the weekend, a group of east Texans found themselves fighting for the lives of 75 dogs. The dogs had been abandoned, were starving and sick. Dallas DogRRR has stepped up to help the animals have a second chance at life.

Photo Credit: KETK]]>
<![CDATA[Sweet Lola is Looking for a Forever Home]]>Sun, 07 Apr 2019 09:17:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pet-of-the-week-lola-cropped.jpg

Lola, a cool, calm and collected 6-year-old terrier mix, has been waiting patiently for her forever family. She was featured as NBC 5's Pet of the Week and was available for adoption Sunday at the Human Society of North Texas in Keller.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Adopts Abandoned Puppies]]>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 00:03:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_pupsadopted_1920x10801.jpg

Mirabell, a 3-year-old golden retriever in Clarence, New York, recently became a mother to a litter of puppies. There's one caveat: she gave birth to only one of the eight puppies she's nursing. The other seven puppies were born to another dog.

Photo Credit: WGRZ-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Survives Being Taken by Owl]]>Mon, 08 Apr 2019 00:02:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_owlpup0403_1920x1080.jpg

A 3-month-old puppy is lucky to be alive after an owl swooped in, picked her up, then flew for nearly a mile before leaving her on an Arizona golf course.

Photo Credit: KPNX-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Three-Legged Dog Searching for Owner]]>Wed, 03 Apr 2019 17:50:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000902.jpg

A mixed breed dog named Lola showed up at a woman's house in Greenwood, South Carolina. It was obvious the one or two year old had recently had an amputation. The woman hasn't had any luck trying to find the dog's owner but is hoping posts on social media will help find her owner.]]>
<![CDATA[Kevin, the Klepto Canine, Steals Anything He Can at Shelter]]>Mon, 01 Apr 2019 16:43:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_thiefdog0329_1920x10801.jpg

A 4-year-old lab mix named Kevin, who's up for adoption at the Austin Animal Center, is a bit of a kleptomaniac. He steals just about anything within his reach -- toys, food bowls, spare change, clothing, blankets, even a purse.

Photo Credit: KXAN-TV]]>
<![CDATA[DFW Rescue Me: Kibble and Cocktails 2019]]>Thu, 28 Mar 2019 12:20:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KG_2019.jpg

Join NBC 5, Barking Hound Village and DFW Rescue Me for the eighth annual Kibble and Cocktails fundraising event on Thursday, April 4, at the Empire Room in Dallas.]]>
<![CDATA[Loyal Dogs Stand Watch Over Owner After Tragedy]]>Wed, 27 Mar 2019 08:00:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_loyaldogs0326_1920x10801.jpg

Two dogs who stood watch over their owner's body for at least a week are searching for a new home. Nobody knew Pirate and Savvy's owner had died. She was found lying on the floor of her Pasco County, Florida, home with Pirate and Savvy next to her. WFLA's Peter Bernard reports.

Photo Credit: WFLA-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Go Run With Pups: Dallas Animal Services Launch New Program]]>Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:49:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DSC_6273-03-21-2019-06.38.53_2019-03-21-08-59-10.jpg

Looking for a way to volunteer and exercise all at the same time? Dallas Animal Services is looking for volunteers who can take a shelter dog on a run.

The program is called the Dallas 90 Dog Runners Program. DAS says the program is a win-win: the dogs get exercise and socialization which makes them happier, healthier and more adoptable while you get a run or walk in.

Volunteers can sign up here. The program is still in its early stages but DAS is actively recruiting runners and are still in need of supplies to expand the program.

If you're not ready to run, but still want to help, DAS is asking for supplies to help with the runs, such as harnesses, special leashes, portable water bowls, flashing dog tags, and more. Go here to see the DAS Amazon wishlist of needed supplies.

Photo Credit: Dallas Animal Services]]>
<![CDATA[SPCA of Texas Hosting "Kitten Showers"]]>Wed, 20 Mar 2019 12:09:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/11a+tz4-kitten+showers_KXASKRFZ_2019-03-20-12-08-26.jpg

Spring is here and for animal shelters, that means plenty of kittens. The SPCA is holding "kitten showers" this weekend to prepare for the kitten season. Maura Davies from the SPCA of Texas is here to tell us more.

Photo Credit: NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Gallery: More Than 150 Pigs, Dogs Fly to Forever Homes]]>Sun, 17 Mar 2019 12:23:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/pig+1+thumbnail.jpgThese little piggies went all the way home -- up in the midwest. Dogs and 13 pigs were part of a rescue mission. The ASPCA and Wings of Rescue flew more than 150 animals, including pot-bellied pigs, from North Texas to their forever homes in Minnesota and Iowa on Sunday.]]><![CDATA[Pet of the Week: Playful Dachshund-Mix Sammy]]>Sun, 17 Mar 2019 10:44:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pet+of+week+Sammy.jpg

Three-year-old Sammy is a Dachshund mix and he's ready for his "furever" home. He is loving and has energy. He is available at the Humane Society of North Texas.

Photo Credit: NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Family Steals Puppy Caught on Camera]]>Thu, 07 Mar 2019 20:09:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_puppystolen0307_1920x1080.jpg

A Kentucky pet store owner is outraged after a theft that was caught on camera. Jim Wente, who owns Bert's Pet Center in Russell, says a family came into the store on Tuesday evening and stole a puppy.

Photo Credit: WSAZ-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Boy Helps Save 1,500 Dogs From High-Kill Shelters]]>Wed, 06 Mar 2019 07:29:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/roman+mcconn+georgia.jpg

A boy in Georgia is on a mission to find forever homes for shelter pets. Roman McConn and his mother launched Project Freedom Ride, which gets dogs out of shelters and into new homes or no-kill shelters around the country.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Saves Couple From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning]]>Wed, 06 Mar 2019 10:21:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_co2cat0305_1920x1080.jpg

An elderly Florida couple credits their cat with alerting them to the deadly carbon monoxide gas that was filling their home and nearly claimed their lives.

Photo Credit: WESH-TV]]>
<![CDATA[NBC 5 & Telemundo 39 Donate to Help Feed Pets]]>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:56:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo00259.jpg

NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 teamed up with Albertsons and Tom Thumb to donate food to the "Don't Forget to Feed Me" pet food bank. Together we donated $10,000 worth of food. That adds up to about 21,000 of food. This part is all part of our mission to help "Clear The Shelters."]]>
<![CDATA[Hawk Attacks Small Dog: Caught on Camera]]>Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:05:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_birddog0216_1920x1080.jpg

Security cameras show a large raptor, possibly a hawk, attack the family pet. A 15-year-old girl rushed in to fight the bird off.

Photo Credit: KSNV-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Found Frozen to Guardrail]]>Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:37:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_frozencat0218_1920x1080.jpg

A cat found frozen to a guardrail along a New York highway is recovering at the Central New York SPCA.

Photo Credit: WSTM-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Calls Train Station Home]]>Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:08:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cat_Calls_Train_Station_Home.jpg

A cat in Israel has made a train station its home. Video has now gone viral showing the cat relaxing on a turnstile.]]>
<![CDATA[Stuck Dog Rescued From Dryer Vent]]>Fri, 15 Feb 2019 03:31:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_doginhole_1920x1080.jpg

First responders in Alabama rescued a dog that found himself in a tight spot Wednesday. The Albertville Fire Department responded to a call about a dog with its head stuck in a dryer vent hole on the side of a home.

Photo Credit: WAFF-TV]]>
<![CDATA[106 NTX Dogs Flown to Wisconsin to Find Forever Homes]]>Thu, 14 Feb 2019 17:15:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/162*120/puppy-valentine-flight-adoption.jpg

More than 100 dogs traveled from North Texas to Wisconsin Thursday morning in hopes of finding their valentines.

The Humane Society of North Texas partnered with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Wings of Rescue to fly 106 dogs to the Humane Society of Waukesha on Valentine’s Day.

"The Humane Society of North Texas wants to show extra love to our animals this Valentine’s Day. As we continue to run at capacity, our transport partners allow us to save the lives of two sets of animals – the animals being transported and the animals that now have a safe place in our shelter,” said Cassie Lackey, Director of Communications, HSNT.

HSNT had 11,311 adoptions in 2018, but still have more homeless pets than available homes. HSNT is working to send the animals to the north, where they say there tends to be a shortage of adoptable pets.

HSNT started working with the ASPCA Animal Relocation Program in Feb. 2018. Since then, more than 1,000 pets have been transported to new homes across the country.

<![CDATA[Free Pet Adoptions at Humane Society of North Texas Monday]]>Fri, 08 Feb 2019 17:37:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dog+in+shelter.jpg

Officials at the Humane Society of North Texas say all of their locations are at capacity.

To help find homes for the animals, they're offering free pet adoptions all day Monday, Feb. 11 at every location.

If you're interested in helping #ClearTheShelters, click here to find your next four-legged family member.

<![CDATA[Firefighters Save Dog From Icy Pond]]>Tue, 05 Feb 2019 18:01:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Firefighters_Save_Dog_From_Icy_Pond.jpg

Firefighters in Montana rescue a dog that had fallen through ice. It happened Monday on the Whitefish River in northern Montana. Rescue crews were called and managed to pull the dog from the cold water. The dog is said to be fine.]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Returned After 10 Years]]>Tue, 05 Feb 2019 17:11:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_longlostdog0201_1920x1080.jpg

A Virginia family is reunited with their beloved Yorkie ten years after she disappeared.

Photo Credit: WAVY-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Watch NBC 5 Puppy Bowl 2019]]>Fri, 01 Feb 2019 07:32:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/puppy-bowl-raw-web.jpg

Puppies from Fort Worth Animal Care and Control raced Friday morning, each representing either the Los Angeles Rams or the New England Patriots.]]>
<![CDATA[Puppy Bowl on NBC 5 Today Predicts Super Bowl Winner]]>Fri, 01 Feb 2019 13:06:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/puppy+bowl+flyer+2.jpg

What's better than dogs and football? NBC 5’s Puppy Bowl on NBC 5 Today and Facebook Live Friday morning predicted the winners for Sunday's Super Bowl LIII.

The puppies and big dogs each had their own race; the puppies predicted that the Los Angeles Rams will win and the big dogs predicted the New England Patriots will win.

The precious dogs from Fort Worth Animal Care and Control raced, each representing either the Los Angeles Rams or the New England Patriots.

Each team of puppies or adult dogs will wear colors representing each football team.

The pups were from Fort Worth Animal Care and Control, which needs the public's help with adoptions.

A Puppy Bowl adoption special has lowered adoption fees to $10 at all locations from Feb. 1 to Feb. 3.

Adoption fees include an initial medical examination, rabies vaccination, city license, micro-chip and spay/neuter services.

Adoption locations in Fort Worth are:

PetSmart at 4800 S.W. Loop 820 at I-20W.

PetSmart at 2901 Texas Sage Trail at I-35W at Heritage Trace.

Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Adoption Center at 4900 Martin St.

Photo Credit: NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Meet the Pups Participating in the NBC 5 Today Puppy Bowl]]>Thu, 31 Jan 2019 11:17:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/puppy+bowl+cover+thumbnail+.jpgMeet the dogs participating in NBC 5 Puppy Bowl 2019. These precious puppies will race, each representing either the Los Angeles Rams or the New England Patriots. The winner of the race will make the prediction for Super Bowl LIII. The fun starts on NBC 5 Today from 4:30 to 7 a.m. Feb. 1 or on NBC DFW Facebook page.

Photo Credit: NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Frozen Kitten Rescued]]>Tue, 29 Jan 2019 17:10:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_frozencat0128_1920x1080.jpg

"Anna" the cat is on the mend after being found nearly frozen to the ground under a Milwaukee, Wisconsin bridge last week.

Photo Credit: WTMJ-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Stray Dog Steals Fashion Show]]>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:27:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo00178.jpg

A dog stole the show at a fashion event in Mumbai after walking onto the runway. The tail-wagging stray dog became the center of attention as it mingled with models on the catwalk.

Photo Credit: RTV]]>
<![CDATA[Cat Rescued From Car Engine]]>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 17:23:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_catfoundinengine_1920x1080.jpg

A New York cat now has eight lives after using up one in Cohoes this week. Cheddars the cat took a ride around the city while he was stuck in the engine of his owner's car.

Photo Credit: WNYT-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Emergency Workers Rescue Dog]]>Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:34:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Emergency_Workers_Rescue_Dog.jpg

Emergency crews rescued a dog from icy waters in northern Colorado. A fire crew in the city of Centennial was dispatched to a frozen pond where a dog named Bri was found trapped. One firefighter donning a dry suit made his way through the chilly waters to save her. Authorities saved the day by quickly pulling the dog to out of the cold water and safely bringing her to shore.

Photo Credit: South Metro Fire Rescue]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Abandoned at Virginia Library]]>Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:34:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_librarydogabandoned_1920x1080.jpg

Library workers in Chesapeake, Virginia came to the aid of a dog that was abandoned in the woods outside of their workplace.

Photo Credit: WAVY-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Stowaway Cat Returns Home]]>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 17:48:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_travelcat1128_1920x1080.jpg

An Arkansas family's beloved pet takes a long ride after crawling under the hood of a repairman's truck. 'Sissy' is now back safe with her family but not until after a wild ride.

Photo Credit: KARK-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Local Shelters Waive Pet Adoption Fees, Need Donations]]>Fri, 23 Nov 2018 12:07:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/cat+generic1.JPG

Black Friday is here to score deals on gifts, but there’s another population that needs your attention -- pets in need of a “furever” home. Adoption fees are being waived at some local animal shelters.

Dallas Animal Services is waiving adoption fees through Monday. All pets will be microchipped, spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Their address and hours are here.

At the Humane Society of North Texas, all cats older than 6 months are free to adopt through the end of November. Go here to find an adoption center near you.

In Irving, all pets 5 years or older are free to adopt throughout November at the Irving Animal Care Campus. Go here for more information.

While you’re out shopping, consider donating pet food, litter, blankets and other supplies to your local animal shelter.

If you’re still looking for a gift, the city of Cleburne has a 2019 calendar called “Rescues and Rescuers” that features the town’s firefighters and police officers along Cleburne Animal Shelter pets. It costs $15 and benefits the Happy Tails Fund to provide emergency or extensive veterinary services to shelter pets, according to the fire department’s Facebook page.

Photo Credit: NBC 5
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<![CDATA[Heroic Dog Saves Owner]]>Tue, 20 Nov 2018 18:47:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_toby_1920x10801.jpg

A tiny dog leapt into action when his elderly owner fell while out for a walk.

Photo Credit: KARE-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Officer Gives Permanent Home to Injured K9]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:38:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_k9leg1114_1920x1080.jpg

Police Officer Dustin Miles was told his K-9 partner, Alex, was to be used as a tool and not looked at as a pet. But, once he found out Alex was going to need his leg removed after a severe injury, he took the pup as his own - regardless of any setbacks for him in his career.
<![CDATA[Dog Joins His Girl During Workouts]]>Thu, 08 Nov 2018 19:15:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_workoutdog_1920x10801.jpg

A teenager in Billings, Montana has found the cutest workout buddy. Every morning, she wakes up and hits the gym with her dog, named Willow. The 2-year-old black lab is a regular cardio canine, running a mile a day on the treadmill.

Photo Credit: KULR-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Cancer-Detecting Cat Helps Save Owners Life]]>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 18:27:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_cancercat1105_1920x10802.jpg

An Albany, Oregon woman says she's alive today because her cat helped her detect a lump in her breast. Michelle Pierson and her husband Will adopted Mia from the Willamette Humane Society in 2017. Besides being a loving pet, Mia has provided a form of therapy for Michelle as she battles breast cancer.

Photo Credit: KGW-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Man Rescues Kitten Glued to Road]]>Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:31:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_stickykitty1023001_1920x1080.jpg

A kitten stuck in the middle of road -- her paws glued to the pavement -- was rescued by an alert driver and now has a forever home.

Photo Credit: KGW-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Ice-Skating Rescue Dog Shines in the Rink]]>Fri, 12 Oct 2018 01:11:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_iceskatingdog1011_1920x1080.jpg

Benny, a 5-year-old rescue dog, has his sights set on the NHL after learning to ice skate.

Photo Credit: KSNV-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Pounds of Fur Removed from Neglected Pup]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:43:59 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_hairydog0920_1920x10801.jpg

A severely neglected poodle is recovering after an amazing haircut provided by a Fresno, California animal shelter.

Photo Credit: KSEE-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Free Pet Adoption at Humane Society of North Texas Friday]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:27:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/199*120/02-23-2015-dog-devore-shelter.jpg

The Humane Society of North Texas is over capacity at all of its locations.

On Wednesday, they took in more than 100 animals through pet surrenders.

So Friday, all pet adoptions are free all day long.

They have purebred breeds, puppies, kittens & more.

All dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and small animals are free to adopt Sept. 21. 

Other than our annual "Clear the Shelters" event, HSNT has never offered free adoptions across the board.

Click here to find a location near you.

Photo Credit: Devore Animal Shelter]]>
<![CDATA[Pig Flies With 100 Dogs From Fort Worth for Good Reason]]>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 07:01:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pig_flies_felipe_.jpg

They say it’ll happen when pigs fly -- and Felipe the pig won't wait any longer. This little piggy is going to the airstrip Wednesday in Fort Worth, along with his other four-legged friends, all for a good reason.

Felipe and 100 dogs will be flown to shelters in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon where they’ll have a better chance of finding a “furever” home. Their journey started 5 a.m. Wednesday at the Texas Jet Center. The pets, including Felipe, will immediately be adopted into homes or foster care when they land.

An empty kennel is rare at the Humane Society of North Texas, therefore the flight saves the life of the animal on board and makes space available for another pet at the shelter.

Since HNST started working with the Animal Relocation Program at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals this year, more than 730 pets have been transported from North Texas to their new homes in other states.

The flight by Wings of Rescue, a nonprofit, is funded by GreaterGood.org.

"It is a great pleasure for Wings of Rescue and our partner Greatergood.org, to team together with a wonderful organization, the Humane Society of North Texas, to save another 115 dogs, cats, and pot-bellied pigs,” said Ric Browde, president, and CEO of Wings of Rescue. "The state of Texas has the highest euthanasia rate in the country – and we have chosen to work with a shelter that is working around the clock to stem the influx of unwanted pets flooding the shelters, through innovative spay/neuter, education, adoption, and transportation programs."

Photo Credit: NBC 5
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<![CDATA[First Responders Rescue 250-Pound Dog After Collapse]]>Tue, 11 Sep 2018 02:10:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_dogrescue0910_1920x10801.jpg

Indiana police and firefighters go all out to save "Bo Bo", a 250-pound Mastiff-Great Dane mix after the massive dog suffered heat exhaustion.

Photo Credit: WNDU-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Police Rescue Puppy From Hot Car]]>Tue, 04 Sep 2018 09:48:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_puppy0831_1920x1080.jpg

A small puppy is recovering after being left in a car by its owner as temperatures peaked above 90 degrees outside of an Ohio home Wednesday afternoon.

Photo Credit: WKYC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Beau is NBC 5's Pet of the Week]]>Sun, 02 Sep 2018 11:11:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/Beau+POTW.PNG

Beau is ready to go home with his forever family and he doesn't know what "personal space" means. But that's okay, we all love puppy cuddles. ]]>
<![CDATA[Cute Alert: Boy Loves His New Rescue Puppy]]>Fri, 31 Aug 2018 13:48:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Boy+and+New+Puppy.jpg

NBC 5 viewers are the best at sharing news with us via iSee@nbcdfw.com, but a recent submission is pulling at our heart strings. It's the story of Charlie and his brand new puppy.

Tiffany Fitzgibbons shared the sweet video of Charlie moments after they picked up a puppy from Saving Hope Foundation in Fort Worth.

In it, Charlie is buckled in his car seat with a new puppy in his lap. Charlie is so overcome with emotion and the sweet exchange with tears in Charlies eyes melts the heart:

Mom: "What's wrong?"
Charlie: "Uhhh, I'm sad."
Mom: "You're sad? Why are you sad?
(Charlie searches for words)
Mom: "Why are you sad?"
Charlie:"I don't know how to take a dog home like him."
Mom: "You don't know how to take a dog home like him?"
Charlie: "Can I take him?"
Dad: "Yeah!"
Mom: "We're going to take care of him."
Dad: "You wanna take care of him?"
Charlie: "Uh huh, sure!"
Mom: "You love him already?"
Charlie: "He can be my best buddy!"
Dad: "That's right, he can."
Mom: "He already loves you, look he's falling asleep on you."
Dad: "He put his head on your hand."
Charlie: "Awwwwww."

Awwwww indeed Charlie!

We asked Tiffany Fitzgibbons to share the back story and tell us the name of Charlie's sweet puppy:

"My good friend Judy Clark adopted two dogs earlier this year and since been following Saving Hope’s Facebook page. For her birthday on Monday, she wanted people to donate to Saving Hope and shared a post about these rescued dachshund puppies. I was already thinking about searching for a dachshund for my husband’s graduation and for our son Charlie, but we don’t believe in buying from breeders. It was perfect timing! To make the prospect even more appealing Judy offered to help cover a significant portion of the adoption fees. I called Judy, after we brought him home and she joked, as she had after each of our children were born 'you should name him after me,' in this case Clark. I said it out loud and my husband and I both felt that was perfect for him."

Fitzgibbons says they are "so thankful to have found our forever buddy."

We're thankful she shared the sweet video with us.

If you have a great photo or video you want to share with us, email iSee@nbcdfw.com or tap the NBCDFW app to submit. If you can, shoot the video horizontal and please be sure to include your name and information about the photo or video. You might see your submission on NBC 5 and NBCDFW.com! If you have a story idea without photo or video, email us at NewsTips@nbcdfw.com!

Photo Credit: Tiffany Fitzgibbons ]]>
<![CDATA[Company Offers 'Fur-ternity' Leave for New Pet Owners]]>Wed, 22 Aug 2018 06:56:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_petleave0821_1920x1080.jpg

Connor McCarthy adopted a Goldendoodle named Bentley in May, and wanted to help his puppy settle into his new home. He says he discussed the possibility of making adjustments to his schedule with this supervisor so that he could work and spend time with Bentley. This request lead to a change in the company's policy, allowing new pet owners to work from home for one week to bond with their "fur-baby." KARE's Adrienne Broadus reports.

Photo Credit: KARE-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Missing Two Years Finds Way Back to Owner]]>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 23:20:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_dogweb_1920x1080.jpg

A dog that has been missing for two years from Hobbs, New Mexico was returned to its owner at a shelter in Abilene, Texas.

Photo Credit: KRBC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Adoptions - August 20, 2018 ]]>Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:18:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/187*120/callie123.JPG

Callie, Mickey and Koji were adopted over the weekend and appeared on NBC 5 on Monday, August 20, 2018.]]>
<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters Extended in Fort Worth]]>Sun, 19 Aug 2018 23:03:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FW+CTS+081918.jpg

Miss Clear the Shelters Saturday? There's one more chance to adopt a pet without paying the fee in Fort Worth.

Fort Worth extended the offer through Monday because its shelters are still full.

While yesterday's Clear the Shelters campaign helped 200 cats and dogs find their furever homes, Fort Worth's shelters were beyond capacity before the event.

"It's more stressful on the pets, it's more stressful on staff and the most important thing is after getting 200 animals out yesterday, you think, 'Well, all the good ones are gone,'" said Dr. Tim Morton with Fort Worth Animal Care & Control. "But the fact is we've got great dogs here today."

The animal shelters in Fort Worth are located at 4900 Martin Street, 4800 Southwest Loop 820 and 2901 Texas Sage Trail.

Adoption fees will be waived through the end of the day Monday.

Find more info at fortworthtexas.gov/animals.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs' Tells How He Adopted Rosie]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 17:02:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+at+CTS.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs stopped by the Irving Animal Shelter today to help support our Clear The Shelters event and shared how he and his family adopted their rescue dog Rosie. ]]>
<![CDATA[Denton Pets Find Forever Homes at Clear the Shelters]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 18:43:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Denton+CTS+081818.jpg

Dozens of people came out to the Linda McNatt Animal Care and Adoption Center in Denton on Saturday for Clear the Shelters.

One of those people was Susanna Lightfoot, an electrical engineering student at the University of North Texas.

"I wanted to have someone keep me company while I'm studying and doing work," Lightfoot said.

She left the shelter with Bolt, a Labrador mix.

"I really liked his energy level… and he's really curious," she said.

Because Clear the Shelters was going on, adoption fees were waived at more than 60 North Texas animal shelters.

Officials at the Denton shelter said all of the animals are spayed, neutered and microchipped.

The shelter started the morning with 81 dogs and cats. Workers and volunteers hoped all of them would be adopted by the end of the day.

"It's saving a soul in the world… that's how I see it," Lightfoot said.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands of Pets Find New Homes During Clear The Shelters]]>Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:22:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_36_21.Still003.jpg

Across the country thousands of animals are finding forever homes. Watch some of these lucky pets as they meet their new families for the very first time.]]>
<![CDATA[Telemundo 39 Anchor Norma Garcia Adopts a New Family Member]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 14:22:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/norma+and+dog.jpg

Thousands of animals are adopted every year during the Clear The Shelters campaign across the nation. Sometimes those animals even end up going home with NBC and Telemundo employees. While covering the event at the Irving Animal Shelter, Telemundo 39 Anchor Norma Garcia fell in love with an adorable puppy. The dog was surrendered to the shelter just a few hours earlier and will soon be enjoying her new home with Norma.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[On Saturday We Clear the Shelters!]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 18:21:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CTS6.jpg

On Saturday, August 18, NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 team up to Clear the Shelters in North Texas. NBC 5 Anchor Kristin Dickerson went out to the Irving Animal Shelter to see how they are gearing up for the big event.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[It's Saturday, Time to Clear The Shelters!]]>Sat, 18 Aug 2018 08:57:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/CTS5.jpg

On Saturday, August 18, NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 team up to Clear the Shelters in North Texas. Corey Price, Animal Services manager for the City of Irving discusses the annual national event that started in North Texas.]]>
<![CDATA[7,300+ DFW Pets Find Forever Homes During Clear the Shelters]]>https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BC-and-KD-CTS-DFW.jpg

For a fourth year in a row, NBC and Telemundo Stations’ Clear the Shelters™ nationwide pet adoption campaign helped thousands of families find and adopt a new pet.

The 2018 Clear the Shelters™ pet adoption initiative resulted in the adoption of more than 92,800 pets in the month of August 2018. Nearly 7,400 pets were adopted in North Texas. The shelters in Bedford, Cleburne, Murphy, Royse City and Wylie were cleared on "Clear the Shelters Day" on Saturday, August 18.

“Congratulations to all the new pet parents who adopted a pet through our Clear the Shelters campaign. Our 2018 campaign was a great success. We couldn’t have inspired thousands of families to open their hearts and homes to shelter pets without the support of our partner shelters, affiliate stations, sponsors Cat’s Pride and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, and our Comcast NBCUniversal family – including our sister networks and all the celebrities who helped us amplify our message of pet adoption and animal welfare issues through their social platforms. Together, we helped thousands of families find their perfect pet, and helped pets finally get a new home to call their own. We look forward for to the return of Clear the Shelters in 2019,” said Valari Staab, President, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations.

More than 1,200 animal shelters and rescues and over 100 NBC and Telemundo stations located in more than 70 cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Clear the Shelters™ started in 2014 when NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 partnered with dozens of North Texas animal shelters. The effort resulted in the adoption of more than 2,200 homeless animals, the most adopted in one day in North Texas. 

“Thank you to all the families who opened their hearts to a new pet this year during NBC and Telemundo Stations’ Clear the Shelters campaign. We are so grateful to the stations for continuing to give their time and talent to help homeless pets find loving homes. This exceptional, collaborative effort saved thousands of pet lives, and underscores the heights we can reach when we all work together,” added Corey Price, Animal Services Manager, City of Irving. “Watching the animals leave the shelter with their new families was really emotional for those of us who work with them every day. We just can’t say ‘thank you’ enough.”

Dogs rescued from Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma impacted the island found new homes through the stations’ 2018 Clear the Shelters™ campaign. In Maine, a 13-year old “sato” feral dog named “June Bug" found a new home while in the San Francisco Bay Area "Holly" was adopted by a couple. In New Jersey, 11-year old “Molly” the cat was adopted by a woman who sought a companion after losing a pet. In Arlington, Virginia a local shelter cleared out all of its dog kennels and helped 17 cats, four guinea pigs, two rabbits and a gerbil find new homes.

The social media campaign reached more than 16.5 million users across multiple platforms and focused on raising awareness about “Clear the Shelters Day” Saturday August 18. The hashtag #ClearTheShelters trended nationally on Twitter on August 18. Online, NBC and Telemundo-owned stations websites and apps generated a combined total of 5.2 million page views for content dedicated to the Clear the Shelters / Desocupar los Albergues campaign. On “Clear the Shelters Day” August 18, the stations’ digital content generated a combined total of 1.3 million page views. The social media campaign also included a partnership with Snapchat. On August 18, Snapchat showcased the stations’ Clear the Shelters campaign in its “Discover" section on both Saturday, August 18.

Audiences can tune-in to NBC and Telemundo stations beginning Friday, Aug. 24 to watch a “Clear the Shelters” special that will feature celebrities and their pets and recaps of this year’s pet adoption campaign. NBC’s Jane Lynch will host the “Clear the Shelters” 30-minute post-adoption drive special that will air on NBC 5 at 6:30 p.m.

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<![CDATA[Rescue Organization Helps Dogs Most in Need]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 18:19:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_dogranch0816_1920x1080.jpg

At Marley's Mutts in Kern County, California, dogs with heart-breaking stories are given a second chance. Zach Skow is the man behind the mission. He says rescue dogs helped pull him up from rock bottom in 2008, when he was suicidal and struggling with addiction.

Photo Credit: NBC News]]>
<![CDATA[Newy Scruggs Talks About How He Met His Rescue Dog Rosie]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:42:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/web_extra_Newy_adopts_Rosie.jpg

After three years of loving Rosie, and living with her, Sports Director Newy Scruggs says Rosie is patient and supportive. The first time he saw her, he knew she belonged in his family.]]>
<![CDATA[Newy Scruggs' Family Shares Their Pet Adoption Story]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:35:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy-scruggs-rosie.jpg

Rosie was found on the side of a freeway in Irving. Now she has a home with Sports Director Newy Scruggs and his family.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Rosie's Rescue: Newy's Family Shares Pet Adoption Story]]>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:29:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy-scruggs-rosie.jpg

At her home in Colleyville, Rosie the rescue dog is surrounded by a family who loves to spoil her just a few years after she was found on the side of the road in Irving covered in scars.

“Do we have any doggie ice cream?” asked Lainie Scruggs while standing in her kitchen during lunchtime.

Rosie’s family also includes a well-known guy on NBC 5. Their father is NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs.

“He works on the sports and some people do the sports with him,” Sophie Scruggs said.

“It’s not about you. It’s about Ro-Ro,” Newy said to Sophie while joking during lunch.

An active member of their household, Rosie is a peacekeeper, protector, and entertainer — with only one flaw, which comes out during puppy naptime.

“She snores really loud,” Savannah said, but they still love her no matter what.

Newy’s wife, Lainie, and their daughters adore Rosie, or Ro-Ro, as Newy calls her.

“And she’s very sweet and she gives us happiness,” Sophie, their youngest daughter, said.

“She was just a really good dog,” Savannah, the oldest daughter, said.

“She’s the best dog. She’s a diamond. She’s always been, ever since the day she came to our house,” Sierra said.

Rosie was a so-called diamond in the rough.

“She had a very, very rough life before she came into our house,” Sienna said.

Rosie was found on the side of a freeway in Irving. Sienna said she counted 36 scars on Rosie's body when they found her.

“She was out on the streets and she got scars from the gates and stuff,” Savannah said.

“That made my heart feel empathy for her. And that made me realize I’m gonna take care of this dog with all the love I have,” Sienna said.

After three years of loving Rosie, and living with her, the Scruggs family said Rosie is patient and supportive.

“She’s really friendly and she likes to be around you,” Savannah said.

“And she also sometimes gives me a kiss,” Sophie said.

But they’ve learned there is one thing she just doesn’t like: “The bath, especially, she doesn’t like water,” Savannah said. “She won’t go swimming.”

“If she really stinks we’ll give her a bath,” Sienna said. “Which we all know is, oh my gosh, she does not like them.”

But, it has to happen. Even though Rosie hates it, tub-time is a bit of a luxury compared to the life she had before finding her forever family. And because of how much love Rosie has given in return, the Scruggs family continues to be proud to promote pet adoption.

“I think they know that you’ve rescued them,” Lainie said. “And so they give back way more than what you give them.”

“She’s always grateful to us and wherever you are she wants to be,” Newy said. “And that’s been probably the best thing about having her here.”

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Officer Dedicates Retirement to Save Rescue Pets]]>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:42:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cts-james-harbor.jpg

Getting ready for a road trip is something James Harbor is used to.

“Shiloh, you coming down here?” Harbor said as he sat down in his RV’s driver seat.

The retired Plano police officer is in good company. His rescue, Shiloh, is never too far away.

“She’s got all this room in this 32-foot RV to roam, but she usually stays next to me,” Harbor said.

He adopted Shiloh in May 2015. Several months later, she inspired Harbor to start a nonprofit called Shiloh’s Road to Hope.

Together, they volunteer to transport animals between rescue groups and drive them from overcrowded humane societies in Texas to near-empty ones in other states where there are fewer stray dogs.

“It’s a lot of work, it’s a lot more work than I ever planned on doing in retirement, but it’s rewarding,” Harbor said.

In just two and a half years of operation, Shiloh’s Road to Hope has transported more than 1,300 animals.

It takes a lot of organization and a Tetris-like use of RV space.

“I’ll put crates here top and bottom...I’ll put a tarp down and then we’ll put kennels back here...it makes a bed and I’ll put crates on it. This bunk up here, slides out and I’ll put small crates up here,” Harbor said as he gave a tour of his RV.

He has fit up to 65 dogs in his RV at one time, but no matter how many dogs are traveling, Shiloh is always a perfect host.

“She [Shiloh] likes to greet all of them when they come in,” Harbor said. “I think she’s aware that these dogs were in the same position she was in and that she’s helping to save them.”

He said if they didn’t do this for these animals, “Eventually most of them would be euthanized at the shelter,” Harbor said. “That’s not a knock on the shelter, but when you’ve got an animal shelter in a county that holds 35 dogs and they’ve got 60 with more coming in all the time — eventually something’s gotta give.”

Being able to save an animal’s life is why he does this for free. His payment is seeing pictures of happily-adopted dogs who once didn’t have a forever home.

“You know, you see a dog that spent six months in a shelter and now he’s sleeping on a king-size bed or swimming in a pool or laying on a couch,” Harbor said.

And that is what makes driving through retirement worth it. Shiloh’s Road to Hope is a nonprofit. It is currently raising money to add an additional transport van to their fleet.

The van is customized for this type of animal-transportation work. If you’d like to help the organization, here is a link to donate.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Hitchhiking Cat Finds Way Home]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:15:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_lostcat0813_1920x10801.jpg

A Midwestern cat named Gizmo was able to unite strangers and make it home after hitchhiking 1,400 miles. The cat's owner hauled a piece of equipment all the way to Kansas, and Gizmo, went along for the ride. Later that night, the family got a call from the man who bought the equipment, asking if they were missing a kitten.

Photo Credit: WEAU-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Richardson Woman Donates Savings to Help Animals]]>Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:46:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gracie-mcmurrey-photo-with-pup.jpg

The Richardson Animal Shelter is now a place where animals can not only get adopted, but they can also come there to recover inside its medical suite.

From a momma cat getting cared for alongside her kittens, to a 12-year-old black lab who’s healing while waiting to get adopted, they’re all under the care of Dr. Holly Gans.

“You’re a good girl,” Gans said to the lab while sitting inside a pen with her.

She’s an enthusiastic veterinarian who is providing a service that wasn’t always available at this shelter, but it’s now possible thanks to a dedicated volunteer: Mrs. Gracie McMurrey.

“I have always loved animals my entire life,” McMurrey said while sitting inside her home a few minutes away.

She said she’s allergic to cats so she surrounds herself with dogs, including a tiny black one named Bear. He is one of countless puppies she’s fostered over the last five years.

“I hand fed her until she was old enough to be adopted,” McMurrey said while referencing a miniature poodle that now lives with a neighbor. “But you teach them as much as you can while you have them.”

McMurrey’s generosity goes well beyond fostering pets in need of a home.

“You know, when God blesses you, He expects you to give back,” McMurrey said. “And I need to do something to leave this world a better place than I found it.”

So she donated a large chunk of her and her late-husband, Jim’s, life savings to build the surgical suite at the Richardson Animal Shelter.

It’s here, where Gans can now treat injured rescue animals.

“Our animal clinic has been an absolute game changer for us,” said Bill Alsup, with the City of Richardson. “The health of our animals is the best it’s ever been.”

So now, clinic patients like a cat named Miss Queenie, can get treated for her itchy skin and other ailments.

“Let’s help her, let’s do what we can to get her better,” Gans said while petting Miss Queenie.

And that is possible because McMurrey followed her faith to fulfill an act of service.

“Whatever God whispers in your ear, I think we all owe that, not only to God, but to each other,” McMurrey said. “You know, we are to look out for each other and help each other.”

And McMurrey is doing that by looking out for the pets in need in her community.

The McMurrey Family’s “Pet Medical Suite” has been serving animals in Richardson for the last three years.

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<![CDATA[Vetoquinol USA]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:07:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5_Talk_St_657_Vetoquinol_USA.jpg

Discussing Vetoquinol’s products and services that improves the lives of animals with Eric Alsup, the Country Manager for Vetoquinol USA. To learn more, visit www.MyHappyPets.com

<![CDATA[Clear The Shelters]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:04:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Talk_St_657_Clear_The_Shelters.jpg

Discussing Clear The Shelters with Jeanne Saadi, the Manager of the Mesquite Animal Services. Help find homes for cats and dogs on Saturday, August 18. Adoption fees will be waived. Other fees may apply. To learn more visit,

<![CDATA[Coins in Fountain at Hyatt Regency Dallas Help SPCA of Texas]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:28:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/am+v-cts+hyatt+spca_KXASICDW_2018-08-13-05-01-48.jpg

It’s one of the most recognizable hotels in the Dallas skyline. People come from all over the world to stay at the Hyatt Regency Dallas and one thing they love to do while there is throw coins into its fountains.

But little do they know, what they’re leaving behind is making a huge difference in the lives of shelter pets.

As travelers venture in and out of the hotel, inside its lobby, Enrique Ortiz is setting aside his normal hotel-mechanic duties to suit up and wade in to the hotel’s fountains.

It’s a seasonal cleaning process that comes with a purpose.

“This is a way for our guests, who we want to take care of when they come into our hotel, but in turn they’re leaving a little something behind,” said Bryan King, director of sales and marketing at Hyatt Regency Dallas.

Guests like Mary Jones, from South Dakota, toss in their coins with a smile.

“That’s all I got,” she said.

She’s one of countless people donating their spare change to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas.

They’re coins that Ortiz is tasked with collecting.

Just beneath the surface, it’s an underwater treasure hunt made possible by a pool vacuum that’s slowly sucking up currency.

“Pennies for puppies, yes!” said Katie Clements, manager of corporate partnerships for SPCA of Texas, with a laugh.

Clements said all of the donations to the Hyatt Regency Dallas’ fountains will help local pets.

As an example, the SPCA of Texas team brought two 8-week-old terrier-Chihuahua puppies, Bruce and Trooper, to the pet-friendly hotel.

“These animals do need our help and it takes a lot of work and a lot of resources to go out and bring them out of those horrible situations and rehabilitate them,” Clements said.

After an hour of cleaning one fountain, Ortiz collected a bounty of pocket change. And when it comes to donations, every penny certainly counts.

“Each year, we collect about $2,000-3,000 from our fountain that our guests leave behind,” King said.

People from all over the world are using this hotel fountain as a wishing well; this time, it’s wishing a local pet will see a better tomorrow.

“So stop by, even if you’re just visiting Reunion Tower, cut through the lobby of the Hyatt on the way and leave some of your change behind,” King said.

Bruce and Trooper would certainly appreciate your support.

The SPCA of Texas is getting ready for its big fundraiser, Fur Ball, which will celebrate the organization's 80th anniversary.

The event is at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas on Sept. 22, 2018. The Honorary Chairs are former President George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush. NBC 5 anchor, and proud Clear the Shelters host, Brian Curtis, is the event’s emcee.

Photo Credit: NBC 5]]>
<![CDATA[Tuco the Rescue Dog Becomes a Model]]>Wed, 19 Jun 2019 09:00:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tuco-CTS-081218.jpg

Tuco the Japanese Mastiff mix may be a supermodel on the rise, but his life hasn’t always been glitz and glamour.

Tuco’s wags-to-riches story began in Texas at Arlington's Animal Services Center after he was found nearby, wandering the streets neglected and underweight.

"He was about 40 or 50 pounds, just skin and bones from the pictures they sent me," said Clay Hayner, who adopted Tuco last year. "You could see every bone on him."

Shelter staffers had a soft spot for Tuco, who was known for carrying his bowl around in his mouth and getting visitors to fill it with food, water and treats. After gaining some weight and recovering, Tuco was ready to be adopted.

Hayner, a professional photographer, went to the shelter in March 2017 looking for a four-legged companion, but it was Tuco who picked his two-legged comrade to take him home.

"He jumped up, gave me a big hug and he was like, 'Take me home.' I was like, 'You're the one,” said Hayner. "It just clicked. He knew what he was doing."

Tuco quickly became a focus in Hayner's photography.

"He's so easy going. He just sits there, he lets me decorate him, dress him up," Hayner said.

From a spider monkey Halloween costume to sporting hiking gear in New Mexico, and any number of hats that Tuco is able to endure, the camera seems to love the expressive pooch.

"He just lets me do whatever to him. So, anytime you get dogs in a shot — it just makes it better," Hayner said.

And advertisers agree. Tuco has been hired to model in photo shoots for clothing companies, lighting and ceiling fans, and even Hari Mari flip flops.

He will also soon be gracing the posters for Purina dog food. That modeling job came with an added bonus: extra bowls and dog food, which Hayner and Tuco decided to donate to Arlington's animal shelter.

Hayner said Tuco still carries his bowl around, “for attention” and treats.

The charismatic dog has a big social media following. His Instagram account @adventure_of_Tuco,  which showcases Tuco "living his best life ever," has made him insta-famous.

Hayner said while he has given Tuco a new lease on life, the pooch has returned the favor in an even greater way, "unconditional love."

And Tuco isn’t Hayner’s only doggie model, the photographer also donates his time to shelters, taking pictures of pets in need of forever homes to help get them adopted.

Photo Credit: Clay Hayner photography]]>
<![CDATA[Shelter Asks for Funds to Keep Furry Friends Cool and Comfy]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 15:44:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/199*120/cedar+creek+pics+%282%29.jpg

The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake, one of our Clear the Shelters partners, is requesting help to replace their shelter's air-conditioning units.

A#1 Air of Lewisville kindly donated labor and materials to provide a unit for the room, which lost air-conditioning in the heat of the summer just two weeks ago.

The shelter then determined it needed further work to fix air-conditioning around the shelter.

However, the shelter needs help paying for the other units, which were donated at the cost of materials only - $6,900 for two five-ton units and installation materials.

Donations can be made online on their website. Just click the donate button and in comments indicate you are delegating your funds to go for AC. You can also make a donation at the shelter, which is located at 10200 County Road, 2403, Tool, Texas 75143.

If you are interested in adopting one of the pets, please join us for Clear the Shelters - all adoption fees are waived on August 18. Some other fees may apply.

To find a shelter near you, visit the website.

Photo Credit: Theressa Henderson - Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake]]>
<![CDATA[Program Pairs Puppies with Prisoners]]>Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:17:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_inmatedogs_1920x10801.jpg

Dogs and inmates in Black River Falls, Wisconsin are becoming an unlikely pair through a non-profit program called Can Do Canines. Prisoners at the Jackson Correctional Institution train service dogs through the program that began last year.

Photo Credit: WEAU-TV]]>
<![CDATA[CLEAR THE SHELTERS: Find a Participating Shelter Near You]]>https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CTS+DFW+MAP.png

Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need.

The fifth annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 17, 2019. Hundreds of participating shelters will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. 

The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding 'furever' homes for as many animals as possible. More than 100,000 pets were adopted during last year’s event, but millions more remain homeless. Every year, 6.5 million animals end up in shelters nationwide — and only 3.2 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA.

Dozens of local shelters will take part this year in Clear the Shelters. Refer to the interactive map above to identify a shelter near you.

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<![CDATA[Local Animal Shelter Fighting to Contain Distemper Outbreak]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 12:58:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dog+in+shelter.jpg

Garland’s Animal Shelter staff members have confirmed several cases of canine distemper and are taking proactive measure to stop the spread of the disease.

The first case of the illness was reported on July 31.

Staff members started to test other dogs that are showing symptoms of canine distemper, sending nine samples to be tested at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. Seven came back positive for the disease.

“Garland Animal Services continues to aggressively sanitize the shelter and is collaborating with Cornell University Shelter Medicine specialists to implement appropriate control measures. ALL dogs brought into the shelter will be tested for distemper and closely monitored for any symptoms. It is already routine to vaccinate every animal for distemper. Garland Animal Services also will work with rescue groups,” according to a press release sent out by the City of Garland.

Canine distemper is a viral illness with no known cure. The disease can impact dogs and other forms of wildlife, such as forest animals.

The disease attacks the tonsils and lymph nodes of an animal and eventually will attack the respiratory and nervous systems.

Some symptoms of canine distemper include high fever, reddened eyes and watery discharge.

The shelter is urging anyone who may have adopted a dog in the past six weeks that is showing symptoms of the virus, to email the shelter at AnimalServices@GarlandTX.gov.

<![CDATA[North Texans Love Their Shelter Pets]]>Tue, 07 Aug 2018 22:07:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Maggie-Split.jpg

We're taking a trip down memory lane with shelter pets including a couple adopted during Clear the Shelters events.

Save the date, Clear the Shelters will take place on August 18. And in honor of the campaign that began right here in North Texas, we reached out to some NBC 5 viewers who have adopted and finding out who the pets they brought home have changed their lives.


Brittnie Boggus and her sister Kandle adopted Maggie from the Burleson Animal Shelter during the 2017 Clear the Shelters campaign.

"She has brought so much joy to our family and is Kandle’s dog," Brittnie said. “Maggie is full of personality and will keep anyone entertained for hours.”

Brittnie is happy to report Maggie has adjusted well to her new family, and loves the family’s other shelter pup, Cuddler, and follows him around doing what he does.

“We will NEVER get another dog anywhere other than the shelters. They are the best, most loving, loyal, and smartest dogs we’ve ever had,” said Brittnie.


Katherine Hite has two shelter pups. Butters and Peaches. “Both girls are seniors and never had a day of no love in the all-important ‘forever’ home,” she said.

First came Butters, a poodle-Westie mix Katherine calls her “soulmate.”

Almost immediately Butters would wake Katherine in the middle of the night. “After a few weeks of that, I figured out that she was waking only me and somehow knew when either my heartbeat was too shallow or my blood sugar was too high or low,” she said.

Katherine says Butters was recently diagnosed with diabetes and has gone blind, but she’s doing all she can for her little furry friend.

Peaches was dumped at the Humane Society of North Texas by her owner's family who didn't want a senior lady. Katherine adopted her during Clear the Shelters in 2015.

“At first opportunity, she jumped into my arms and Butters and I fell in love right away.”

When they’re not napping or protecting the family from squirrels, Katherine says the pair’s favorite things are going to the park and going for rides in the car, especially when there’s a trip through the drive-thru.

“The shelters have been our favorite place to find not just a dog or cat, but a member of our family. Their unconditional love is one thing, but devotion, friendship and protection are second to none,” said Katherine.


Flora was adopted from the shelter in The Colony. “Flora is now 2 1/2 years old and we just love her,” said Cristina Ramon. “She is so much fun!”

It’s probably her doggy disposition. Cristina says Flora goes anywhere she’s allowed, like Lowe’s, Home Depot, Tractor Supply Company, and Academy -- just to name a few.

She even enjoys a Puppuccino from Starbucks from time to time.

“Flora is super friendly and always makes friends anywhere we go,” said Cristina. “I can’t imagine our house without her!”


Flea went home from Flower Mound Animal Services with Peggy Camp’s family 10 years ago this summer.

“Flea has been one of many animals we’ve adopted and welcomed into our family,” Peggy said.

When they adopted him, Peggy says he was about 6-weeks-old and looked like a flea – with a small head and large abdomen – so her daughters thought his name should be Flea.

“We call Flea our wild man because he’s fiercely independent, loves to be outside, and acts like he’s here to protect us from danger (and mice),” said Peggy.

Photo Credit: Brittnie Boggus ]]>
<![CDATA[SPCA of Texas Offers Tips to Adopting a Pet]]>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 14:08:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000078.jpg

Victoria Albrecht of the SPCA of Texas offers some tips you can do to help in the process of adding a new family member to your home. NBC 5 and Telemundo 39 will join together to #ClearTheShelters on Saturday, August 18, 2018.

Photo Credit: Telemundo 39 ]]>
<![CDATA[Litter of Kittens Trapped Inside Wall Rescued in Grapevine]]>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 17:39:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kittens4.JPG

Grapevine Animal Services and firefighters were called to an apartment complex Thursday morning to rescue a litter of kittens that were trapped inside a wall.

Officials say a cat climbed into the ceiling last week to give birth, and somehow, the kittens ended up in a wall.

Firefighters used thermal imaging to locate the kittens.

The animals were safely removed and are now at the Grapevine Animal Shelter.

Photo Credit: Grapevine Police Department
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<![CDATA[McKinney Shelter Leading New Effort to Rehab Neglected Dogs]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 22:36:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/spca+dog+rehab+program.jpg

It's a harsh reality: Animals found in a state of neglect face an uncertain fate.

But the outlook is much more optimistic because of a new, first-of-its kind program in north Texas.

The SPCA in McKinney is the first animal shelter in the country to use a program that focuses on improving behavior of dogs seized from severe neglect.

The program which officially began on Monday includes six dogs. Four of them were seized in June from a hoarder who had 57 Chihuahua mixed-breeds living under one roof.

“They were isolated from the world basically,” said Valerie Masters, senior behavior manager.

But now, the-all-but-forgotten pets are the focus of a new behavioral rehabilitation program aimed at bringing abused animals out of their shells.

“Without behavior modification, really euthanasia is the most likely outcome for these animals,” said Kelly Adkins, behavior coordinator.

For 15 minutes a day, Adkins sits with each dog in their kennel using food to create a connection.

“We’re just trying to create a positive association with people and the most powerful tool we have for that is food,” Adkins said.

Serana, a seized lab mix, is so traumatized she wouldn't eat the treat left on her bed unless Adkins moved as far away as possible and turned her back.

It could take between 10 and 15 weeks for the animals to be rehabilitated, Masters said.

The SPCA of Texas partnered with the ASPCA’s Learning Lab program to implement the rehabilitation techniques.

The ASPCA opened its permanent Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in North Carolina following the success of a four-year pilot program in New Jersey, where hundreds of dogs with behavior issues were successfully treated and placed with rescue groups and shelters across the country for adoption.

“It’s sad, in a way, to see what these animals have been through and that's difficult sometimes to just know that they've come from situations that were the way they were. But the good news and the flip-side to that of course is that happy side of that,” Masters said.

She's talking about success stories like Pippin, one of the 57 dogs seized in June.

But after a couple months in rehab, he's almost ready for adoption in classic case of people and pets leading by example.

“It makes it all worthwhile,” Adkins said.

Right now, just six dogs are part of the program.

The shelters expects to expand to accommodate 30 dogs at a time.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Tips to Protect Your Pet from Overheating]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 15:16:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_hotdogs0731_1920x1080.jpg

It's important for pet owners to know warning signs of heat stroke to keep pets safe during the dog days of summer. Dogs don't have the same ability to cool themselves as humans. While your body sweats to cool off, your dog's pant is all they can do to try and release heat.

Photo Credit: KPRC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[FW Family Reunited With Dog Year After She Was Stolen]]>Tue, 31 Jul 2018 16:12:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dogreunion2.JPG

A Fort Worth family had not seen their dog, Lilo, in nearly a year, but was reunited with her in the most miraculous way!

Due to micro-chipping and up-to-date contact information, the Sasche Animal Shelter was able to reconnect Lilo, who was stolen from her home in November of 2017, with her rightful owners.

The shelter is unsure where Lilo has been for the past 9 months, but she sure is happy to be home.

Photo Credit: Sachse Animal Shelter
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<![CDATA[Nun's Heart Healed After Adopting Fearful Dog]]>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 17:26:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_petadoptiona_1920x10801.jpg

An animal shelter in California is helping a nun heal her heart by sponsoring an adoption that was heaven-sent. A stray fearful Chihuahua named Barbie came into the Palm Springs Animal Shelter over a month ago. When staff members introduced Barbie to the nun, the skittish dog immediately stopped shaking.

Photo Credit: KMIR-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Tornado Survivor Finds Lost Cat During News Interview]]>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 17:16:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_catreunion_1920x10801.jpg

A news interview about tornado damage in Marshalltown, Iowa quickly changed when the reporter spotted one of Cara Jackson's missing cats.

Photo Credit: KWQC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[NBC 5 & Telemundo 39 Share Pet Love Stories]]>Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:01:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CTS-2018-NBC5T39.jpgNBC 5 and Telemundo 39 will join together to #ClearTheShelters on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Staff members from both stations shared photos of their pets and, for some, why adoption was so important to them.]]><![CDATA[Local Humane Society Has No A/C; Needs Box Fans]]>Mon, 16 Jul 2018 17:40:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/box-fans-donations.jpg

With the intense heat expected this week, it's especially dangerous to be exposed to it too long.

The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Tool, Texas doesn't have air conditioning. They're in desperate need of some box fans to keep their shelter pets a bit cooler.

The facility is a non-profit organization serving both Kaufman and Henderson counties. They take in approximately 2,500 animals a year, according to their Facebook page.

Anyone interested in donating box fans, please call 903-432-3422 or email info@hsccl.org.

Photo Credit: NB 5 News
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<![CDATA[In The Dog House: Pups Swipe Mail Carrier's Lunch]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 18:19:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_dogseatlunch0706_1920x10801.jpg

The story of two mischievous Smithfield, Virginia dogs is going viral after the hungry pair helped themselves to the mail carrier's lunch.

Photo Credit: WAVY-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Man's Car Stolen with Beloved Dog Inside]]>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 17:15:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_guido0703_1920x1080.jpg

A Florida man is devastated and has a burning question: Where is Guido? That's the name of his 7-year-old pug, taken when somebody stole his car as he worked cleaning a Tampa parking lot.

Photo Credit: WFLA-TV]]>
<![CDATA[New Deputy Rescues a Stuck Pup]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:42:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_deputydog0629_1920x1080.jpg

A Florida sheriff's deputy is being called a hero after he jumped into a swampy lake to rescue a stranded dog even with threats of gators and snakes at hand. A woman called 911 Tuesday saying her boxer was trapped and crying on the far side of a small lake.

Photo Credit: WFLA-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Dog's Mind Blown After Owner Disappears]]>Thu, 28 Jun 2018 17:01:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dogs_Mind_Blown_After_Owner_Disappears.jpg

In the latest viral video challenge, video shows a dog's reaction after their owner "disappears" behind a blanket. Social media users around the country are posting their own #WhatTheFluff videos with varying reactions from their pups.

Photo Credit: @rubythestandard]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Madrid Police Dog 'Performs' CPR on Partner]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 09:28:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/20180626_cpr_dog_SOCIAL.gif

Poncho is ready to save a life! Madrid's municipal police department shared a video of K-9 Poncho "performing" CPR on his human partner as a way to promote adoption. ]]>
<![CDATA[Wiener on a Roll: Dog Gets Around on Wheels]]>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:50:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_doggetswheellegs_1920x10801.jpg

A two-legged dog on wheels is becoming an Instagram sensation. The Kleeman family in Boulder, Colorado adopted Dipper the dachshund in 2016 when he could barely hold himself up with his front legs.

Photo Credit: KUSA-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Saves Family From Fire]]>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:20:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_herodog0t611_1920x10801.jpg

A Stockton, California woman credits her pit bull with saving her and her baby's lives after the dog woke them up when the house caught fire.

Photo Credit: KCRA-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Dogs Rescued from Ravine]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 14:25:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_dogsrescued_1920x1080.jpg

A pair of dogs are now safe after a few Good Samaritans in North Carolina banded together to pull them out of a ravine.

Photo Credit: WXII-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Popularity Rising for Pet Hotels]]>Wed, 23 May 2018 14:51:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_webpetfriendlyhotels_1920x1080.jpg

Pet owners are part of a growing customer base for hotels. A recent TripAdvisor survey found more than 50 percent of respondents travel with their pets and will only stay at pet-friendly properties.

Photo Credit: NBC News]]>
<![CDATA[Officer's Daring Rescue of Cat From Highway Median]]>Tue, 22 May 2018 15:46:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo0000127.jpg

Body cam video shows a Michigan police officer rescuing a cat along Interstate 96 on May 5. The frightened kitty ran away and tried to jump over the median and escape, but the officer caught her just in time. Officers decided to name her "Libbey," who calmed down enough to settle into the policeman's cap. The Michigan Humane Society said Libbey is ready to be adopted.

Photo Credit: Livonia Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Two-Legged Blue Heeler Still Herds Cattle]]>Thu, 17 May 2018 15:31:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_twoleggedcattledog_1920x1080.jpg

Patton, a Blue Heeler, lost his front legs in a farming accident, but he's not letting it slow him down. With the help of a custom-made cart, he's still doing what he loves the most.

Photo Credit: KFYR-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Long Lost Dog Comes Home After Four Years]]>Wed, 16 May 2018 15:44:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_lostdog0516_1920x1080.jpg

A Michigan family is reunited with their pet after four years and 100 miles away - all thanks to a microchip.

Photo Credit: WILX-TV]]>
<![CDATA[10-Year-Old Collects & Donates Pet Supplies on Her Birthday]]>Wed, 09 May 2018 18:18:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brooke-birthday-donation.jpgBrooke Hester decided to give up personal gifts for her 10th birthday, asking instead for "gifts" for rescue animals. Her party on May 4, 2018 filled several vehicles with donations for Apollo Dog Rescue and the Hurst Animal Shelter.]]><![CDATA[Long Lost Dog Finds Way Home]]>Wed, 09 May 2018 16:36:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_dogreuniteswithfamily_1920x1080.jpg

A North Carolina family is reunited with their dog, six years after she disappeared. Lilly, the Golden Doodle, was returned to the Garay family in Charlotte Saturday, after an animal control officer spotted her wandering aimlessly without an owner.

Photo Credit: WCNC-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Adopted Dog Rescues Family From House Fire]]>Tue, 01 May 2018 17:12:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo000121.jpg

Woman urges people to 'adopt and don't shop' after dog she rescued saves her and her family from a house fire.

Photo Credit: KXAN-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Rental Restrictions Causing Shelters to Be at Capacity]]>Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:38:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_bigdogs0425_1920x1080.jpg

Some rental properties' pet policies may be causing an influx of large animals being surrendered to shelters.

Photo Credit: WPTV-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Rejected Cat Finds New Home]]>Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:28:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_catfindshome_1920x1080.jpg

A cat who walked 12 miles back to the family who gave him up to be euthanized finally has a new home.

Photo Credit: WRAL-TV]]>
<![CDATA[Man on Canine Crusade Crosses Country With Pack of Dogs]]>Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:36:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Golden-Retriever-GettyImages-522796697.jpg

Lee Asher is motoring cross-country in a battleship gray RV with seven friends.

Six of them — Lillie, Bo-Bo, Cali, Stella, Molly and Butters — don't drive or chip in for gasoline. But they always want to stop for a bite or bathroom break.

That's because they're dogs, all rescued: a Saint Bernard, a chocolate lab, a golden retriever, a pit bull with a hint of Cane Corso, and two, toy-sized mongrels.

"You are who you hang out with," said Asher, who — because he was bullied as a child — found that pets could be better pals than people. "You learn so much more about the proper way to treat people through the proper treatment of animals."

A strapping, dark-haired corporate trainer from Venice Beach, California, by way of Boca Raton, Florida, Asher is driving left coast-to-right coast — and back — to promote dog adoption; specifically, rescued canines.

Asher wheeled into Midlothian on April 8 to visit the Richmond Animal League, his only stop in Virginia.

The sentiment of a popular bumper sticker notwithstanding, dog is not his co-pilot.

Luke Barton is.

A dog photographer who grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, but speaks with the lilt of his British birthplace, Barton not only drives but chronicles the journey with stills and videos that are posted on Instagram and Facebook.

The pair and their dog team — the animals usually lounge away the miles in the motor-home's spacious midsection — will visit all states in lower 48 and Alaska. They have stopped in 14 states since departing Los Angeles on Feb. 15. 

From Virginia, Asher, Barton and their four-legged friends are heading to Washington, D.C., and continuing north toward New England. They expect to complete their trek in Alaska in November.

Quitting their jobs and selling their possessions, Asher and Barton decided late last year to travel the country, plumping for the companion animals that are a source of joy to millions but increasingly end up in shelters because their owners move, die or lose interest.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says that 6.5 million dogs and cats annually are placed in shelters and 3.2 million — 1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats — are adopted.

Euthanasia is falling out of favor, with no-kill policies the rule for organizations such as the Richmond Animal League.

Asher and Barton are paying for the trip with $57,000 raised online through crowdfunding, $20,000 of which was donated by Best Bully Sticks, a Richmond company that makes digestible chew toys for dogs from beef tendons.

"We came up with the idea in November, launched crowdfunding in December, kick-started it in January and departed in February," said Barton, wearing a wool watch cap tugged over his ears.

About 80 people, many with dogs, turned out to greet Asher and Barton. Before the men arrived, there was a buzz of excitement, much of it attributed to Asher and Barton's avid use of social media.

Hannah Robertson of Richmond, a pediatric nurse, said — while cradling her rescued, black-and-white Boston Terrier-Shih Tzu mix, Pepper — that she has been following Asher on Instagram for a year.

"I sent him a message that I was coming to this event," said Robertson. "He didn't reply. But when I saw him in person — just now — he said, 'You said you were coming.'"

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Teens Help Match Shelter Animals With Their New Families]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 18:57:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/HSNTinder.jpg

Tired of watching animals be adopted and then returned to the shelter, two Keller teens took action, developing a social media campaign to connect animals to their perfect match.

Teenagers Andrew Nelson and McKenna Hixon thought why not match animals and people by personalities.

So, they spend their afternoons getting to know the animals at the Humane Society of North Texas in Keller. Then, take videos of each animal to show the pet's true personality.

"Dogs personalities change as much as human personalities, so you definitely want to match two personalities that coincide with each other," said Nelson.

Their next step is creating an app. It allows user to fill out a survey and match their answers to a compatible animal, similar to the dating app Tinder.

That's why they're calling the social media campaign and app "HSNTinder".

"We took it from a joke into something that's actually a reality and can improve the lives of these dogs and the people," said McKenna Hixon.

The app will soon be available to download, but already videos and pictures of the animals shared on social media have led to 300 adoptions and not one animal has been returned to the shelter.

"To know you're making a difference in an animal's life and a family's life - there is no better feeling than that," said Nelson.

You can follow the campaign at @HSNTinderKeller on various social media platforms.

MORE:HSNTinderKeller on Twitter | HSNTinderKeller on Facebook | HSNTinderKeller on Instagram

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<![CDATA[Grand Prairie Animal Shelter Seeks Temporary Foster Homes]]>Thu, 29 Mar 2018 17:56:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/230*120/new_logo_PP+Animal+Shelter%281200x627%29.jpg

Prairie Paws Adoption in Grand Prairie is seeking the public's help to temporarily house animals while construction crews install new duct work and complete work for new kennels. The work is expected to start in May and will approxiamtely take one month to finsish.

It will not affect the operating hours of the shelter, but temporarily displace 20 dogs and 20 cats.

The construction is part of the shelter's expansion project that started last March and is predicted to be complete by this summer. The expansion will triple the capacity for cats, double the amount for dogs and expand its surgical area.

The temporary foster homes do not have to be located in Grand Prairie, but must be in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Fosters must be at least 21-years-old.

For more information or to apply, call 972-237-8513 or visit gptx.org/paws.

Photo Credit: Prairie Paws Adoption Grand Prairie]]>
<![CDATA[Pet of the Week: China]]>Sun, 18 Feb 2018 10:44:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pet_of_the_week_clear_the_shelters.jpg

The Humane Society of North Texas stopped by NBC 5 Today with this week's pet of the week, China, who has been fostered through the Humane Society.]]>
<![CDATA[Lost Dog Found 280 Miles From Home]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:16:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_lostdog0213_1920x1080.jpg

After missing for nearly a year, a dog found more than 280 miles away from home is back with his owner in Sacramento, California. Champ, a Siberian husky, went missing from his home in April, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Cat Cafe Helping Get Animals Adopted]]>Wed, 31 Jan 2018 20:55:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_webcatcafes_1920x1080.jpg

Cat cafes are a trend entrepreneurs have pounced on. At Mac Tabby in Charlotte, North Carolina, you can grab a coffee and play with kittens for $12 an hour.

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<![CDATA[Obese Dog Gets New 'Leash' on Life]]>Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:19:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_fatdog0125_1920x1080.jpg

Honey the Beagle was dropped off last June for euthanasia at New York's SPCA of Niagara County. She weighed 68 pounds which is about forty pounds above a healthy Beagle weight. But after some rehab, she will soon find a new forever home.

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<![CDATA[Heroic Hound Saves Family]]>Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:59:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_herodog0109_1920x10802.jpg

A Missouri family says their dog is a hero for waking them up during a house fire before the smoke detector alarmed. It happened in South County early Sunday morning, around 2 a.m., when the Beaudreau family's black lab, River, would not stop barking and nudging her owners.

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<![CDATA[Meredith Land Surprises Daughter With Rescue Puppy]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:17:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/giphy+%286%292.gif

My 8-year-old daughter, McCall, has been asking for a dog for at least three years.

With two full-time jobs, a younger son and strange hours (me), we put the furry friend off.

I always said, “When everybody is out of diapers, we’ll get one.”

Every Christmas, McCall would ask for a dog. 

Santa always brought her a stuffed animal dog.

Last year we got a fish, but she told my friend, “you can’t hug a fish.”

McCall was right.

This year’s ramp-up to the holidays brought out her desire once again.

She put a picture frame next to her bed. Inside the frame, she wrote on paper, “Dear Mommy and Daddy, this is where I’ll put a picture of my dog! (If I ever have one) Love, McCall.”

Clearly, the situation had escalated.

I started asking around. My friend, Jan Rees-Jones, who has dedicated much of her life to saving the lives of animals, encouraged me to look at local shelters.

Every year at NBC 5 we "Clear the Shelters," which means we dedicate a weekend to asking the public to adopt pets from local shelters. Fees are waived in dozens of local shelters as thousands of pets find new, forever homes. It’s something we are all proud to be a part of.

So, I visited with the good people at the SPCA of Texas in Dallas by myself (by the way, if you haven’t been to this incredible facility, it is a must!). I told them that my daughter really wanted a Yorkie. They said they would keep their ears open, but it wasn’t too likely.

Weeks later, I got an email from Maura Davies at the SPCA saying a female Yorkie was one of 117 animals seized in October from a puppy mill in Hunt County.

She said, “Unbeknownst to us, this momma dog was pregnant at the time with a litter of three.”

There were two boys and a girl. Maura and I agreed this may be a Christmas miracle!

In Maura’s office at the SPCA, I held all three and my heart melted when one of the boys clung to me and snuggled me with his fluffy fur. It just felt right.

Two days later, I picked him up while my children were in school. When they walked in the living room, I had our little Yorkie pup on the sofa with a red and white bow around his neck.

As my daughter ran to him in surprise, and maybe shock, I videotaped the moment knowing one day she would want to look back on this much-anticpated day.

As she smiled, a tear streamed down her face. A tear of joy. She looked at me and said, “I want to name him Tiny.”

So Tiny, it is. Our hearts are so full!

Photo Credit: Meredith Land
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<![CDATA[Animals Rescued From Bali Volcano Danger Zone]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:51:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Photo00005.jpg

Animal rights activists have been traveling to the danger zone surrounding the erupting volcano in Bali to rescue abandoned animals. Bringing all sorts of animal food, activists from Bali animals shelter look for dogs, cats, chickens and cattle, before feeding them and taking them to temporary shelters outside the six mile exclusion zone set by the authorities. At least 60 dogs, 48 cats and one hedgehog were saved by the group, in the hopes that they can be adopted soon.

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<![CDATA[Puerto Rico Pet Owners Reunited With Animals]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:01:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/PETS7.jpg

Pet owners who fled Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria without their furry friends were reunited this weekend. Twenty-eight pets arrived by plane Saturday. For many pet owners, the cost of getting their pets off the island was too great. That's where the American Humane Society, Wings of Rescue, and the Humane Society of Broward county stepped in.

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<![CDATA[Dog Waits Patiently as Officer Frees Him From Fence]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 17:08:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2017-10-31-17h06m45s109.jpg

Body camera video shows a South Carolina sheriff's deputy rescuing a dog whose head got stuck in a metal gate. The video was posted on the Greenville County Sheriff's Office Facebook page last week. In the video you can hear Boyd gently talking to the dog while he works to get the dog's head out from between the metal. The dog did not appear to be injured by the fencing. The dog has not been claimed by his owners and is currently available for adoption.

Photo Credit: Greenville County Sheriff's Office]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Sets Record For Longest Tongue]]>Sat, 07 Oct 2017 11:05:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LONG+DOG.jpg

A St. Bernard from South Dakota has set a world record for having the longest tongue for a dog. According to The Guinness World Records, Mochi's tongue measures 7.31 inches. Mochi's owner says her rescue dog is happy, but has some breathing problems because of her long tongue. Mochi also slobbers more than usual when she's nervous.

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<![CDATA[Kayaker Rescues Puppies Dumped in River]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 23:19:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_puppies0925a_1920x1080.jpg

A Massachusetts kayaker hears whimpering cries from a sack thrown into the Blackstone River and discovers it full of puppies.

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<![CDATA[Birthday Girl Asks For Pet Donations Instead of Gifts]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:20:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_animaldonations0925_1920x1080.jpg

Instead of getting birthday presents, one Tennessee girl collected donations for one of her favorite organizations, an animal shelter.

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<![CDATA[Pets Rescued From Virgin Islands]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:00:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Pets_Rescued_From_Virgin_Islands_1200x675_1052858435608.jpg

While thousands and thousands of people were evacuated from the Virgin Islands, another kind of evacuation was taking place. Nearly 400 dogs and cats were flown to Hampton Roads Thursday night. The pets are now being cared for on a Virginia farm. Sali Gear, an animal lover who lives in Virginia Beach now, is actually from the Virgin Islands. She organized a massive animal rescue from Hurricane Irma.

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<![CDATA[HSNT Waives Fees for Certain Dogs to Make Room Harvey Pets]]>Mon, 04 Sep 2017 13:30:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/072115+dog+on+a+leash+generic.jpg

The Humane Society of North Texas is waiving fees on certain pets to make room for animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Now through Saturday, Sept. 9, HSNT is adopting out all dogs over 30 pounds for free.

Each dog will come with a free collar, leash and bag of dog food while supplies last.

The adoption special will help make room for more animals coming to the shelter and allow more large dogs to find a forever home.

HSNT has taken in more than 150 displaced animals from areas affected by Harvey.

Click here for more information.

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<![CDATA[Dogs Transported After Harvey]]>Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:04:59 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dogs_Transported_After_Harvey_1200x675_1034600003602.jpg

A shelter in Volusia County, Florida, has taken in dozens of dogs that were in the path of Hurricane Harvey. The animals will eventually be made available for adoption.

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<![CDATA['Ruff' Rescue: Puppy Found in Backpack]]>Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:10:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_backpackpuppy0825_1920x1080.jpg

A puppy is on the mend and waiting for a new home after an unusual rescue. It started when Jerry Murray got home from work and noticed a backpack in the bed of his pickup truck. Inside the bag was a live puppy, surrounded by shredded newspaper.

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<![CDATA[Microchipped Cat Makes Way Home]]>Sat, 26 Aug 2017 23:28:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_catreunion0825_1920x1080.jpg

A family was reunited with its beloved cat ten years after it disappeared thanks to a Pennsylvania animal shelter's microchip scanning system.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters DFW: More Than 7,000 Pets Adopted]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:00:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nbcdfw-clear-the-shelters-2017.jpg

With the third annual Clear the Shelters event over, more than 7,000 shelter animals have been adopted in Dallas-Fort Worth since July 31.

That's a pretty big portion of the 69,000-plus new pets adopted across the country during this year's event. And it's nearing the 7,500 mark reached in North Texas last year.

The 7,474 needy animals who welcomed into forever homes in North Texas this year include Will, a pitbull-mix who'd been at the Keller Regional Animal Adoption Center for months, according to Chelsea, an adoption specialist at the shelter.

"He was very picky about other dogs that he liked," she said.

But on Saturday, that didn't matter to the family that brought her home. "They seemed really happy when they left," Chelsea said.

And Will? "He was excited — he got to go out the front door."

In fact, a lot of animals walked out the door of the Keller shelter. It started with 80 animals Saturday morning and had three dogs and 15 cats left by about 3 p.m.

Seven North Texas shelters were cleared with Royse City the first to report being clear. Wylie, Cleburne, Euless, Arlington, Denton and Bedford followed. Dallas Animal Services adopted out 204 animals by 2:30 p.m. — sharing a picture on Twitter of rows of open kennels.

Clear the Shelters has spread across the country since 2014, when NBC 5 launched the first adoption event. More than 900 shelters and over 70 local NBC and Telemundo television stations are participating this year across the United States, including Puerto Rico, Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters 2017: Shelter Dogs, Interviews]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:35:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dfw-cts-2017-brian-kristin-33.jpgPhotos from our coverage of the 2017 Clear the Shelters event.

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<![CDATA[Pets Adopted During Clear the Shelters 2017]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:06:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/CTS+2017+Bella+family.jpg]]><![CDATA[Having a 'Breed Reveal Party' for Your Rescue Dog]]>Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:39:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ROSIE-RESULTS.jpg

Did you rescue a pet at Clear the Shelters this weekend? How about having a breed reveal party?

My husband and I adopted our pup, Rosie, after working Clear the Shelters last year.

We adore her and people are always asking what breed she is. So, we swabbed her cheek and sent her DNA off to a company called Wisdom Panel to find out (there are other options, too)!

We were so excited to reveal the results that we decided to follow the gender reveal model and had a breed reveal party!

We let everyone guess first. My husband knew the results, though I didn’t, so he set it all up, putting the three breeds the company identified on little pieces of paper inside three balloons.

I popped the balloons and pit bull, Labrador retriever and Great Pyrenees came spilling out!

Great Pyrenees was a huge surprise since she’s not a giant, fluffy white dog.

We say she’s still a purebred Dallas street dog since a quarter was unidentifiable — a mix of hunting and sporting dogs.

The company will send you a whole family tree and it is super neat to discover your rescue’s roots.

Plus, you can learn of any diseases or conditions that are likely to affect your pup.

Now we know what to say when people stop us on the street, asking what our pretty dog is – and it’s always nice to have another reason for a party!

Photo Credit: Alice Barr
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<![CDATA[Author Helps 'Clear the Shelters' With Books]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:07:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/brandy-herr-cts.jpg

Author Brandy Herr visits NBC 5 to talk about writing books featuring stories about animals in need as a way to help animals in need.

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<![CDATA[Inmates Train Dogs to Help Clear the Shelters]]>Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:49:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-jail-dog-training.jpg

A group of dogs in the upcoming Clear the Shelters event will have some special training done at the Dallas County Jail.

The "Homes for Hounds" program takes dogs from the Grand Prairie Animal Shelter and puts them through training with inmates at the Dallas County Jail.

The inmates train a group of dogs to be more suitable for adoption and finding a forever home.

"We're getting them prepared to be adopted into a loving caring family," inmate Dexter Scott said.

The inmates train the dogs using positive methods, a technique they said sticks with the dogs in the program.

"Teaching the dogs with positive reinforcement, continually rewarding them when they do right behavior and never telling them no when they're wrong, it seems to have a lasting effect," inmate Daniel Nickell said.

One dog who has been through the program is Bob. He has been at the shelter since January and still searching for his permanent home.

"With the training we give them, you can see with Bob, it's a lasting effect," Nickell said. "The positive enforcement really stays with the dog."

Bob had been at the shelter before reuniting with the group at the jail and it was as if he had never left, taking commands from jail staff and inmates.

The inmates hope the changes show up in more than just the dogs, they hope it helps change them while they are in the jail.

"With me being here in the Dallas County Jail, it's a similar situation," inmate Kevin Smith said. "It's a second opportunity, a second chance at life."

The dogs who participated in the program will be available in the Clear the Shelters event at the Grand Prairie Animal Shelter on Saturday, Aug. 19. The Dallas County Jail will start its next class of training next week.


Bob is an American Pit Bull Terrier mix and is estimated to be 2 years and 6 months old.


Kia is a Labrador Retriever mix and is estimated to be 1 year and 2 months old.

Leroy Brown

Leroy is a pit bull-Dachshund mix who is estimated to be four years old.


Henry is an Anatolian Shephers and American Foxhound mix and is estimated to be a little over a year old.

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<![CDATA[Therapy Dogs Help Hospitalized Patients]]>Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:18:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CTS_Therapy_Dog_Benefits_4p_81617.jpg

Seven specially-trained dogs help patients at Children's Health in Dallas, improving their physical and mental health.]]>
<![CDATA[North Texans Love Their Adopted Pets]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:32:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ff730645ac694605a2bc5c852df15394.jpgNBC 5 viewers shared photos of their adopted pets ahead of Clear the Shelters on August 19, 2017.

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<![CDATA[From Homeless Pet to Adopted: Peggy's Story]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:20:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/peggy+CTS.jpg

Quarantine, is where no dog wants to be.

But for strays at the Grapevine Animal Shelter in North Texas, their time at the shelter often starts in quarantine, which is also the first step to getting help.

“We try to give every animal the opportunity to be healthy and then find, you know, a great family,” Kristina Valentine said.

Peggy, a 3-year-old terrier mix, is one of those animals. 

The small fluffy dog with a sweet demeanor faces a painful reality: The lower half of Peggy’s right-front leg is missing.

"It may have been stuck in something, and it's trying to heal on its own," Valentine said, noting an infection on the dog's wound that the shelter needed to care for before Peggy could be placed for adoption. 

Dr. Jason Steinle of Northwest Animal Hospital said Peggy's leg may have been caught in a fence or wire, "something that would have cut through that or a trap potentially."

“The body’s been trying to deal with this for a little while, it didn’t just happen yesterday,” Steinle said.

Valentine explained that medical care for homeless animals like Peggy isn't cheap, and shelters work on a limited budget. Thanks to donations and the team of vets at Northwest Animal Hospital in Grapevine,
 Peggy received the surgery she needed — including getting spayed. 

“She’s strong, she’s happy and healthy, and she’s already adjusted to the absence of this limb," Dr. Steinle said. "She's a pretty remarkable dog."

After healing from her surgery, Peggy was treated for heartworms before she was finally adopted into a forever home. 

Peggy is just one example of the lengths shelters will go to save the life of an animal.

“What makes me happy is knowing that we have the ability to make a difference for them,” Valentine said.

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<![CDATA[Boy Helps Homeless Pets Instead of Getting Birthday Gifts]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:07:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cts+denton.jpg

Josiah Arita loves animals and dreams of being a veterinarian when he grows up. But until then, the 9-year-old from North Texas is finding other ways to help pets in need.

Arita’s parents recently took him to El Salvador for vacation and he was sad to see stray cats and dogs roaming the streets. When he returned home to Denton, he decided he wanted to help homeless animals in his neighborhood and used his birthday to do it.

In a video, Arita made a plea asking for donations in lieu of birthday gifts “to help the homeless dogs around the world, starting with the Denton Animal Shelter.”

Thanks to the help of friends, family and fellow animal lovers, Josiah raised a total $580 dollars for the shelter.

Josiah has two dogs at home but he loves going to the The Linda McNatt Animal Care & Adoption Center to play with the shelter’s cats. He says he plans on volunteering with his mom at the shelter and hopes to work there one day.

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<![CDATA[Clear the Shelters in Grand Prairie]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:21:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cts-081117.jpg

We are gearing up for a big event - Clear the Shelters. It's an all-out effort to get animals in shelters around the area adopted and into permanent homes. Danielle Tate, manager at Grand Prairie Animal Services, also known as Prairie Paws Adoption Center talks about what to expect that day.

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<![CDATA['Office Cats' Work Toward Forever Homes]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 20:53:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_officecats0808_1920x1080.jpg

Iowa's Cedar Bend Humane Society is offering an "Office Cat" program where pet-friendly businesses are encouraged to foster cats until a permanent home can be found.

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<![CDATA[People Pet Vet Talks Clear the Shelters]]>Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:07:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Talk+Stoop+Clear+the+Shelters.jpg.jpeg

People magazine Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle and celebrity pet vet Evan Antin stop by “Talk Stoop” to chat with Cat Greenleaf about the effort to “Clear the Shelters” on Aug. 19.

Dr. Antin’s biggest piece of advice for those planning on adopting a cat or dog: “Going to a local rescue or shelter and visiting with the dogs, and realizing whether or not this is a good move for you,” he says.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Bathe Your Dog]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:24:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2017-08-05-at-8.25.58-PM.jpg

Is your pup stinky? Watch Ripley the Chocolate Lab get a bath at Bideawee, a no-kill animal rescue in New York City, and see how you can safely bathe your own canine.]]>
<![CDATA[Shelter Success Stories]]>Mon, 07 Aug 2017 22:08:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/WATN-Shelter-Dogs.jpg

In honor of Clear the Shelters taking place on August 19 this year, we're highlighting some sweet stories of success from North Texans who gave a forever home to a furry friend.


Doc was adopted in the nick of time. Nicole says the Bassett/Lab mix was one of the many animals featured at an adoption event at Petsmart.

When Nicole found out Doc had been at the shelter so long that if he didn't get adopted that weekend he'd have to be put down to make room for other animals, she stepped up to give him a forever home in Roanoke.

"He is the most sweetest loving dog," Nicole said. "He loves to follow us everywhere."


Rebel, a resident at Hurst Animal Services, was featured on Facebook and when Melissa saw him in a friend's post, she knew they had to meet him. So Melissa and her husband Chris called the shelter and met Rebel that night.

Because Rebel is a big boy, and Hurst Animal Services' staff wanted to make sure she knew what she was getting into. And they said "the bigger the better."

Melissa and Chris even had their Lab mix Rory meet Rebel. "Everyone was so excited to see them play like best friends right off the bat," she said.

"Rebel has been the perfect fit to our family in every way! He plays nonstop with Rory," Melissa said. "Rebel has also really helped Rory come out of his shell and be more confident."

Melissa says Rebel loves to sleep in on weekends and is the "sweetest snuggle bug in the world."

"Chris and I are so thankful every day to the amazing staff at Hurst Animal Services for never giving up on Rebel," she said. "They saw past his breed and size to his big kind loving heart."


Bob and Jackie believe in adoption, so much so they have two adopted pups from Dallas Animal Services.

They already adopted had a 3 lb. Schnauzer three years ago, when they decided she need a playmate her own size. So when he found Waffles, he brought him home.

They renamed him Ruger because he's a "little pistol." Weighing just 2.4 lbs. when he was adopted Ruger fit in just fine.

"He did turn out to be the perfect friend for my Bella, and they sleep together, play, and even share a food bowl," said Jackie. "We couldn't be happier with our newest little guy!"

Bob and Jackie believe in adopting so much they foster other dogs and will be volunteering at the Dallas Animal Services for Clear the Shelters on Aug. 19.


Ellie and Scott rescued Layla from the SPCA in Dallas and they "absolutely adore her" and say the black pit bull mix is "a wonderful dog."

But when Ellie and Scott lost their shepherd, they adopted again in 2016 and named her Lucky.

"They get along beautifully, have from day one," Ellie said.

Layla and Lucky prove Ellie and Scott's motto "Adopt a Stray - Make Their Day!"


The third annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 19, 2017. Hundreds of shelters in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive.

Dozens of local shelters will take part this year in Clear the Shelters. Refer to the interactive map below to identify a participating shelter near you.

The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding forever homes for as many animals as possible.

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<![CDATA[Amazing Transformations Lead to Happy Endings for Shelter Pets]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 18:28:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Skinny-Before-and-After.jpg

Abandoned, malnourished, with matted fur, infected legs or severe obesity, the people who work at shelters across North Texas have seen it all and have helped surrendered pets in hopes that they have a better chance at finding forever home.


Lisa entered a Texas shelter in January 2017 with her sister Mona. She was skittish and had a case of mange and a secondary skin infection that made her uncomfortable. In foster care, Lisa blossomed. Her fur grew in and her confidence soared -- as well as her training skills. Lisa was adopted and lives happily with a little boy who loves her dearly.


Velda was surrendered to a shelter by her owner in 2014. The owner had too many cats and couldn't care for them. Velda's fur was matted and covered in urine and feces, but under all that fur was a super sweet cat that loved to give kisses.

Workers at the Richardson Animal Shelter bathed, shaved and made Velda presentable for adoption. Sure enough, shortly after her "makeover" Velda found her forever home.


Lovable two-year-old Blue came to the Richardson Animal Shelter needing lots of help. He had what shelter workers thought was a broken leg, but a veterinarian determined it was either a birth defect or he had a very old injury.

The vet had to amputate his left front leg, but his spirit remained intact. He recovered completely, and while he only had three legs, the gentle giant didn't slow down. 

The dog with a million-watt smile was adopted in 2015 and showed his new friends he still loved to play around.


Some nice Irving citizens brought Livvy to the Irving Animal Shelter when they found her all alone on the side of the road. She was only about three weeks old and needed to be bottle fed, so a shelter worker fostered her. Livvy grew up fast, she moved from the bottle to big kitty food and would play until she tired herself out.

When the spunky, feisty little girl finally weighed two pounds, she returned to the City of Irving Animal Services to be spayed. Livvy was transferred to the DFW Humane Society and almost immediately was adopted by her forever family.


Shelter workers and volunteers often fall in love with the pets they watch over.

When Sophie’s stay at the Irving Animal Shelter stretched into a month, one of the shelter volunteers realized no one was coming for her, so she took her in.

Sophie went from being skinny, afraid and alone to safe, happy and loved.


Forest was hit by a car in January 2015 and strangely ended up running into the emergency room waiting area of Methodist Hospital.

A Richardson animal control officer picked him up.

A veterinarian found Forest surprisingly had no broken bones, just bumps and bruises and a cut on his forehead.

After a four month stay at the shelter, Forest found his forever home.


Tiblet arrived at the Richardson Animal Shelter in 2015.

He was undernourished, lethargic and full of parasites.

After lots of TLC and veterinarian care, he was ready to be neutered.

A short time later he was adopted and went to his forever home.


Boss also had a long road to adoption that started in August 2015.

He arrived at the Richardson Animal Shelter malnourished, with an extensive skin infection and hair loss.

After three months of love and care he filled out to a healthy weight, his skin cleared up and his hair grew back.

It didn't take for Boss to get adopted.


The newest resident of Hurst Animal Services won't be available in time for Clear the Shelters, but his story shows the care of the community and shelter workers.

When a Labrador named Bud was found hiding and afraid in a drainage ditch, he could barely walk and had a serious skin condition. Volunteers coaxed him out and handed him over to the shelter.

A veterinarian determined he had not one, but two torn cranial cruciate ligaments, flea bite dermatitis, a secondary skin infection and heartworms.

The vet gave a discount on Bud's care and the rest of the money to pay for his numerous procedures came from community donations.

Bud had his first surgery, and was neutered, on June 7. He'll have this second surgery on his other leg the first week of August and while he's recovering he'll be treated for heartworms. He's already recovering from his skin problems.

Bud will be available for adoption in mid to late September.


And who could forget Skinny the cat? In 2012, she came into Richardson Animal Services weighing a whopping 41 pounds. Skinny was put on a diet and her progress was well-documented on NBCDFW.com. She slimmed down to 19 pounds thanks to exercise and a special diet.

Eventually, in 2013, the orange tabby went home with the vet that oversaw her care. Skinny joined a dog and another cat at Dr. Brittney Barton's home, along with her husband and three children. We’re happy to report Skinny is still watching and maintaining her perfect figure.


We wanted to share these happy endings in hopes that you'll visit one of the dozens of local shelters taking part in Clear the Shelters on Aug. 19, 2017. Refer to the interactive map below to identify a participating shelter near you. These shelters will be waiving or discounting fees as part of the one-day adoption drive

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<![CDATA[Studies Show Pets May Grieve Similar to Humans]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:54:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_comfortdogs0815_1920x10802.jpg

Researcher says there is evidence to back up the claim that common pets such as dogs and cats grieve the loss of a family member or animal companion.

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<![CDATA[2016 Clear the Shelters Pets — Where Are They Now?]]>Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:44:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Where-Now-CTS-073117.jpg

Save the date, Clear the Shelters will take place on August 19. And in honor of the campaign that began right here in North Texas, we're taking a trip down memory lane and checking in on some of the pets adopted during the 2016 event.


Rosie and her family had the biggest smiles when they adopted Courage from Dallas Animal Services shelter.

"I can't believe it's only been a year ago that we adopted Courage ... It seems we've had him forever," she said.

A year later that pup has a new name, Cruz, and a great life with his new family.

Rosie says they were expecting some challenges bringing him home, but he adapted to his new home very well and turned out to be the perfect dog for them.

"He's a healthy and happy dog," she said.

Cruz loves his toys, especially basketballs or soccer balls, that he will pop and make his own.

"He has changed our lives completely, he brings so much joy into our lives especially my kids’ lives. He enjoys their company and wants to be around them all the time," said Rosie. "It's obvious he chose us to be his family and I'm so glad he did. We love him to pieces!"


Tim picked up a "cute" puppy from Lancaster Animal Control during Clear the Shelters 2016.

He proudly sent photos of Bailey sleeping on the ride to his new home.

A year later, Bailey is all grown up and still loves to go for car rides, as well as get in the pool, chase the neighbor's cow, keep birds out of the yard and perform some tricks.

Tim says he's very active. "I have to play ball or fetch with him three times a day."

In fact, Bailey played so hard he chewed the tennis ball off the rope Tim used to throw it. He was so crushed he stared at the remnants of his toy in the trash can.

"He has been an amazingly great addition to our small family," Tim said.


Matt went to the McKinney SPCA on Clear the Shelters day after seeing Lars on the website and ended up taking him home.

They changed his name to Toothless because of all the dental work he had done.

Now, Matt says Toothless is doing very well, he's not shy anymore and takes any chance he can to get attention.

"He likes to play and sometimes walks around in the middle of the night making a tiny 'meow' as if he is lost," said Matt. "We really love him! He also makes a great playmate for our other cat."

Matt tells us Toothless is also a legal emotional support animal.


Nancy loves basset hounds and beagles and after losing her basset hound/beagle mix Barney on her birthday in April 2016, she decided to see if the SPCA in McKinney had the right dog for her — after all the adoption Barney from the SPCA went so well.

They didn't have any basset hounds for Nancy, but when she asked about beagle mixes they brought out Bella.

Nancy says she looked into Bella's eyes and spent time in the play area with her and decided to take a chance on her.

Bella's name is now Sophie.

"She is so well-behaved and was housebroken," Nancy said. "She does whatever I tell her and is an awesome dog."

Nancy says Sophie had a bout of separation anxiety that lasted about a month, but now she loves nothing more than laying on the sofa — with Fred.

Fred is also a shelter dog, with a name change. Nancy and her husband adopted him in August.

Sophie and Fred met before the adoption and bonded instantly. Fred was also housebroken and well-behaved.

"He is the most chill dog and he taught Sophie to relax," said Nancy.

"I never imagined having two dogs," she said. "But it has all worked out fantastically and we couldn't be happier." 


Lourdes says she hit the jackpot when she adopted Wesley. "He is loving, sweet, playful and just an absolute joy.  He loves to be carried around and he is a great lap dog."

Lourdes says Buttercup was not too thrilled when she brought Wesley home, but everyone has adjusted nicely.

"My husband and I were just talking about how fast the year had gone by since we got Wesley. We can’t imagine not having him," said Lourdes. "The Clear the Shelters 2016 program helped us find a wonderful little companion for Buttercup and for us."

At one time Wesley and Buttercup would go for walks separately but now Lourdes says they "freak out" if separated.

Lourdes points out the petite pair even mirror each other as they sleep near her when she's studying for nursing school.

"Every dog has the potential to be a great pet," said Lourdes. "They just have to find the right mom and dad!"

Looks like Wesley found the right home indeed.


The third annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 19, 2017. Hundreds of shelters in 20 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive.

Dozens of local shelters will take part this year in Clear the Shelters. Refer to the interactive map below to identify a participating shelter near you.

The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding forever homes for as many animals as possible.

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<![CDATA[Dog Learns to Whisper Bark]]>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:49:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_dogwhisper0720_1920x1080.jpg

A college dorm director in Illinois teaches his dog how to bark in a whisper.

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<![CDATA[Puppy Left at Airport Bathroom With Heartbreaking Note]]>Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:20:15 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Chewy+Abandoned+Puppy.jpg

A miniature Chihuahua was left inside a Las Vegas airport bathroom along with a heartbreaking letter from the puppy's owner.

In the handwritten note, Chewy's owner reveals she's a victim of domestic violence and was escaping her "abusive boyfriend," but couldn't afford the airfare for her 3-month-old dog.

"She didn’t want to leave me with all her heart but she has NO other option. My ex-boyfriend kicked my dog when we were fighting and he has a big knot on his head. He probably needs a vet," the note, which was posted on the Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue (CMRD) Facebook page, said. "I love Chewy sooo much – please love and take care of him.”

Since sharing Chewy's story on Facebook, CMDR says there has been “tremendous interest” in the pooch. The Las Vegas-based rescue center said it reviewing all of the interest forms before it selects a new home for Chewy.

"However, there is but 1 Chewy and he can go but to 1 home. Please consider the hundreds if not thousands of "Chewys" loaded with love that are desperately seeking homes in shelters which are at max capacity, rescues are full! Please consider adopting another wonderful companion in his honor!" the shelter added.

Photo Credit: Connor and Millie's Dog Rescue
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<![CDATA[Special Needs Corgis Ready for Their Closeups]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:17:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/DSC_9647_Panda.jpgEach corgi in the series has either a behavioral, neurological or other medical need.

Photo Credit: Casey Christopher]]>
<![CDATA[Fort Worth Animal Shelter At Capacity, Adoption Fees Reduced]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:13:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FW+Shelter+031815.jpg

If you're looking to adopt a dog or cat, the month of July might be one of the cheapest times to do it.

Fort Worth's animal shelter is over capacity for the second time this summer. To help animals find their forever homes, the shelter reduced its adoption fees.

Until the end of July, adoption fees are $17.76, which covers an initial medical exam, a rabies vaccination, a city license, a micro-chip and spaying or neutering. 

There are about 610 dogs and 100 cats in the shelter waiting to be adopted.

Fort Worth said this is particularly busy time of year for animal shelters because pets run away during Fourth of July fireworks.

The main Fort Worth animal shelter is located at 4900 Martin Street. Satellite adoption centers are at the PetSmart at Interstate 35 W. at Heritage Trace Parkway and at Southwest Loop 820 at Hulen Street.

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<![CDATA[Rescued Miniature Horses to Provide Therapy for Wounded Veterans]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:33:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Horse_Therapy_Helps_Wounded_Veterans.jpg

A riding center in Ramona is bringing together miniature horses saved from slaughter and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) in a program that helps heal all involved.

The Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center adopted two miniature horses on Thursday, and will use them in its program Operation Saddle Up, which provides therapy to wounded service members and veterans suffering from PTSD, according the center.

The miniature horses were rescued from slaughter in a Texas auction house by P.A.W. 4 The Foundation, an animal rescue organization founded by Charlotte Olhausen. 

According to Cornerstone, the horse therapy provided through Operation Saddle Up has brought an 85 percent decrease in suicidal thoughts, 75 percent decrease in PTSD and 90 percent decrease in anxiety for those veterans enrolled in their program.

In addition to helping service members, Cornerstone said the horses will be used to help children with special needs and serve as program ambassadors throughout the community once they are trained.

<![CDATA[Retriever Fever: America's Most Popular Dogs, in Photos]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 21:55:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/178*120/1GettyImages-519107508_master.jpgThe Labrador retriever is America's best best friend, according to the American Kennel Club. This gallery features "aw"-inducing photos of the top 10 most popular dog breeds in America, as judged by the AKC.

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<![CDATA[ALS Treatment for Dogs Could Benefit Human Patients]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 11:46:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ALS+Dog+1.JPG

Despite the increased awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, few people know that a similar disease affects our canine companions. 

Degenerative myelopathy is a disease similar to ALS that causes progressive paralysis in older dogs. Both neurodegenerative diseases are fatal and there is no cure. 

As in humans with ALS, dogs with degenerative myelopathy eventually die when the respiratory system stops working, but often pets are euthanized before. 

But researchers at the University of Massachusetts partnered with the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton, Massachusetts, to test a new drug therapy in dogs that they hope could one day benefit human patients with ALS. 

Dogs participating in the trial, which began in December 2016, undergo tests and are checked every three months to assess their neurological and motor functions. According to Tufts, four dogs are currently in the pilot study. So far, the therapy appears safe in pets, but researchers say it's too early to determine whether it will stop the disease or reverse it.

"Does it work? That’s the question I wake up and go to bed with every day," said Robert H. Brown Jr., a UMass Medical School neurologist and one of the world’s foremost experts on ALS.

The failure rate with clinical trials for any drug is very high.

"Approximately only 10 percent of drugs that make their way into people is actually approved by the FDA for use in humans," said Dr. Cheryl London with Cummings School.

One reason is that tests are done on mice, which are given the disease or genetically engineered. London says because of these factors, the disease in mice don't accurately represent what researchers see in humans. But diseases in dog, cats and even horses do. Researchers also say because these animals are much closer in makeup to humans than mice, the likelihood of success is greater.

Greta, a 9-year-old boxer, is one of the dogs participating in the clinical trial of the drug therapy and her owner hopes it could stop her disease from getting worse. 

"Her contributing to the research was really important," Greta's owner said. "That it links to human ALS and research in that area, it just seemed like Greta could help dogs and humans, both."


If your dog has generative myelopathy and you would like your dog to take part in this study, click here to see if it meets the criteria.

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<![CDATA[PAWmicon: Comic Canines in Cosplay]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:04:11 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/pawmicon_19.jpgCoo over woofers dressed as superheroes, and villains, too, from movies and comic books, at a sweet San Diego fundraiser.

Photo Credit: The Helen Woodward Animal Center]]>
<![CDATA[Kristen Bell, Charlize Theron Gush Over Their Rescue Dogs]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 21:08:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/KristenBell-CharlizeTheron.jpg

As the Annenberg Foundation prepares to celebrate the opening of the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista, California, some of Hollywood's most famous dog owners are sharing their positive pet stories with fans.

In a new video posted on YouTube, Kristen Bell reintroduces viewers to her dog Lola, who she rescued at a shelter 13 years ago.

"I wanted a dog for my birthday, which was like my first dog as an adult and she was just staring at me from inside her kennel and I felt this instant connection and the woman at the pound said, 'You may not want that dog. She's been returned by two other families,'" the actress recalled. "And I said, 'Nope. That's my dog. That's the dog I want.'"

The rest, as they like to say in Hollywood, is history.

Stars Who Adopted Pets

Charlize Theron also stars in the video with her two beloved pooches Johnny and Berkley. The Hollywood actress couldn't help but emphasize how much pets can become part of the family.

"My children absolutely adore them and they adore my children and I cannot imagine my family without them," Theron shared. "What's better than opening your door and two friendly faces are just happy to see you no matter what? That's what Berkley and Johnny do."

She added, "They're strays, they look weird but they're so beautiful. You don't need a purebred dog."

The Wallis Annenberg PetSpace is described as a community service and pet adoption center that includes veterinary care and animal education.

In fact, the center also focuses on "the celebration and study of the relationship between people and their pets -- and the important and beneficial impact of the human-animal bond."

"Looking out for another living thing is a way of learning how to look out for yourself, learning to have empathy and love and I think that's brilliant for kids," Stephen Moyer shared. "It's a great reminder for us."

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<![CDATA[German Shepherd & Her Seeing-Eye Dog Need Forever Home]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:06:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/babs-and-bart-1.jpg

A young German Shepherd and her best friend are looking for forever homes in North Texas. And these are no ordinary dogs.

Meet Babs and Bart from DFW Rescue Me.

Four-years-old Babs lost her sight due to untreated glaucoma.

However, she manages to navigate her way through life thanks to her own seeing-eye dog and BFF, Bart.

Bart, 3, guides Barb around, no matter where they are or where she wants to go.

The pair currently live with a foster parent in Denton.

They will be available for adoption (as a pair only) Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine.

Babs and Bart have been spayed & neutered; they've been vaccinated; they're housebroken, good with children and other dogs, according to DFW Rescue Me.

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<![CDATA[Rescued Animals on the Mend]]>Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:17:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_rescuedanimals0621_1920x1080.jpg

Nearly 1,000 animals are being cared for after being found in an old moving truck in Fresno, California, Friday. Kendyll Lyons, a kennel worker at Fresno Humane Animal Services, has been working long hours to make sure the hundreds of birds, bunnies, quail and others. A total of 955 animals were rescued, but several have since died.

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<![CDATA[Ultramarathon Dog Scores Book and Movie Deals]]>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 21:20:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17165751510592.jpg

Gobi, the stray dog who captured hearts when she adopted her human Dion Leonard during a 155-mile race across China's Gobi desert, will be featured in books and a movie depicting how the two met and bonded.

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<![CDATA[34 Dogs Saved From 'Deplorable' Conditions in Calif. Home]]>Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:28:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/6-17-17_Dog_Seizure.jpg

Nearly three dozen dogs were rescued Thursday from woeful conditions in a Scotts Valley home, according to the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter.

The rescue happened after someone reported that several dogs were suffering from "deplorable and inhumane" treatment at a residence. The animal shelter officers were familiar with the property since there have been similar complaints made in the past, the shelter wrote on Facebook. 

"The conditions were such that [the dogs] needed to be seized," Linda Puzziferro from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter said. "They were breeding the dogs, and there were many dogs. The conditions were not good."

With the help of warrants and assistance from the Scotts Valley Police Department, the animal shelter retrieved 34 dogs. Most of the canines were Boston terriers, as well as some Tibetan spaniels and one Chihuahua mix.

The pets were not being treated appropriately and will need to be examined by the veterinarians, according to the shelter.

The dogs' owner struggles with hoarding problems and recently suffered a stroke, a man who lives on the property where the dogs were seized told NBC Bay Area. The man added that he understands there were too many dogs in one location, but claimed the pups were healthy.

The shelter is stretched thin, officials said, and asked for donations.

People looking for more information can find it online.

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<![CDATA[Calif. Couple Accused of Hoarding 180 Yorkies Pleads Guilty]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 01:48:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Poway-Dogs-RESCUED.jpg

A Poway couple, accused of hoarding more than a hundred Yorkie dogs inside their homes and a restaurant pleaded guilty Monday, confirmed prosecutors.

Christine Calvert, 62, and Mark Vattimo, 73, will be placed on three years of probation at their sentencing on July 11, said prosecutors.

Calvert and Vattimo previously pleaded not guilty in March.

Deputy District Attorney Karra Reedy said it's most important that the defendants get help, in order to make sure this never happens again.

The defendants must undergo counseling and are not allowed to own any pets, as part of their plea agreement. They also will transfer the ownership of a 31-foot motorhome to the Humane Society as restitution in the case, said prosecutors.

After 18 months of probation, Vattimo and Calvert may apply to have their felony convictions reduced to misdemeanors, according to Superior Court Judge Kathleen Lewis.

Back in January, the Humane Society received a report from a concerned veterinarian that suggested the Poway couple was keeping 180 dogs in deplorable conditions. The dogs were kept in dark, unsanitary rooms filled with feces, urine, and mice at the defendants' home.

When Humane Society officials went to the scene, they were prevented from entering the home, said Reedy. After a few days, they were able to come in and 94 dogs were removed from the defendants' home within the next eight hours.

Later, 29 dogs were also seized from a restaurant the couple owned and nearly 50 dogs were taken from a motor home when Calvert was arrested last February in Primm, Nevada, according to prosecutors.

It was unclear why the couple kept so many dogs in terrible conditions, Reedy said. All the animals had health problems, ranging from ear infections to severe matting.

The couple was charged with 10 felony counts, including animal abuse and neglect, and one count of resisting an officer.

The dogs were placed in the care of the San Diego Humane Society. 

More than 1,500 adoption applications were submitted for the Yorkies, prompting the organization to close the adoption process earlier than planned.

Ed. Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the name of a defendant. The article has been corrected. We regret the error.

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<![CDATA[Local Shelter Animals Airlifted to New Futures]]>Thu, 08 Jun 2017 05:15:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wings-of-rescue.jpg

More than 100 animals from overcrowded North Texas shelters were given a second chance at finding new forever homes.

About 125 at-risk shelter animals were loaded into a plane at Fort Worth's Meacham Airport before dawn. They'll eventually be taken in by less crowded shelters in the Pacific Northwest.

The flight was organized by Freekibble, which donates meals to shelter animals, and Wings of Rescue, a charity that flies homeless pets to no-kill shelters.

The groups raised more than $7,000 to help pay for flights from Texas, Arizona and California.

Read more online: Wings of Rescue

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<![CDATA[Stolen Dog Reunited With SoCal Family 7 Year Later]]>Wed, 07 Jun 2017 09:06:59 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dog-reunion-060617.jpg

Pet microchipping led to a heartwarming reunion Tuesday for a Southern California family and their dog, who finally returned home seven years after she was stolen.

Kona, an 8-year-old pit bull, was dropped off by animal control at Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) Saturday in Camarillo, where workers scanned her for a microchip implant that led to her owner, Shannon Pratt.

The last time Pratt and her family saw Kona was seven years ago when the then-1-year-old pit bull was stolen from their backyard in Ventura County, according to VCAS. The family has since moved to Bakersfield and Kona's collar was left behind.

Upon receiving the good news from VCAS, Pratt and her daughters drove to Ventura County to pick up Kona.

Tuesday's emotional reunion, which was streamed live on VCAS' Facebook, shows Pratt and her three daughters happy to be reunited with Kona.

"It's just the best feeling when the microchip scanner beeps," said VCAS director Tara Diller. "It means the pet has a microchip, and the chances of reuniting pets with their owners increases exponentially."

Even though a microchip implant dramatically increases the likelihood of locating a pet's owner, the vast majority of lost pets do not have these implants, according to VCAS spokesman Randy Friedman.

This is also true of the lost pets at the Camarillo Animal Shelter. Few animals there have microchips, making it difficult to locate owners and move animals out of the shelter. The Camarillo shelter currently offers shelter to 240 animals, almost 100 animals more than its intended 150-animal capacity. The shelter has been far over capacity since it became a "no-kill" facility in 2014, Friedman said.

Microchip implants are the size of a grain of rice and last a lifetime, making them a "game changer" for lost pets, Friedman added.

Animal services officials especially urge owners to microchip their pets as July 4 nears. Friedman said that having a microchip implant will increase the chance that a pet will be returned if it gets lost after running from fireworks.

VCAS offers microchip implants for $10 at low-cost vaccination clinics that are held at different sites each month. Implants are offered for free for pets that were lost and have been returned to their owners.

Photo Credit: Ventura County Animal Services
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<![CDATA[50 Animals Rescued Following Animal Cruelty Complaint]]>Tue, 06 Jun 2017 13:15:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/196*120/NHSPCA+rescue+060117+1+EDIT.jpg

About 50 animals living in overcrowded, filthy conditions were rescued in New Hampshire and relocated to the New Hampshire Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (NHSPCA) in Stratham following an animal cruelty complaint, authorities said.

An NHSPCA spokesman says the animals include two horses, a mother dog and her four puppies, 27 rabbits and 15 guinea pigs.

All will be evaluated by a veterinarian.

The organization believes the dogs are suffering from worms and the horses appear underweight and without proper hoof care. Some of the rabbits and guinea pigs were suffering from urine burns on their paws.

"It is always devastating to see animals that were entrusted to the care of humans and those humans failed to provide it," said Lisa Dennison, the NHSPCA's executive director. "These animals have suffered at the hands of human seeking to make a profit from their offspring."

The NHSPCA says the owners of the animals are cooperating with authorities but are expected to face animal neglect charges. Their information has not been released.

Once the animals have recovered, the NHSPCA said they will be placed in homes.

The agency is seeking donations to help pay for their food, vaccinations and care. To make a donation, go to www.nhspca.org, call 603-772-2921, Ext. 102 or send it by mail to New Hampshire SPCA, PO Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Officer Dedicates Retirement to Save Rescue Pets]]>Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:42:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cts-james-harbor.jpg

A retired Plano police officer is dedicating his retirement to help transport homeless pets to shelters and rescues that have room for them.

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<![CDATA[Coins in Fountain at Hyatt Regency Dallas Help SPCA of Texas]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:27:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/am+v-cts+hyatt+spca_KXASICDW_2018-08-13-05-01-48.jpg

People come from all over the world to stay at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, which is right next to iconic Reunion Tower, and one thing they love to do while there is throw coins into its fountains. But little do they know, what they're leaving behind is making a huge difference in the lives of shelter pets.

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