Hidden gems at local shelters

Everyone knows I’m a major advocate for responsible breeders. But if you want a shelter dog, hey, that’s awesome too.

So, that said, and in the nature of the season and all that, I’d like to PLEASE beg anyone local to consider making a donation to some of the smaller local shelters around the DFW metroplex- specifically the Ferris city animal control (I-45 at Malloy Bridge Road in Ferris, about 40 minutes south of Dallas) and Lancaster Animal Services (707 Main street in Lancaster, zip code 75134).

Both of these shelters suffer from a severe funding shortage and a lack of visibility to adopters. The Lancaster shelter almost ALWAYS has small dogs up for adoption (including, at the moment, an absolutely Westie/poodle/bichon type mix, gentle, VERY sweet, which Lindsay and I went and groomed yesterday morning) and the Ferris Shelter has a slightly more typical assortment of medium and large mixed breeds, as well as frequent puppies.

If you would like to donate, Ferris can use sanitizable toys (like rubber bones and Kongs). Lancaster is unable to use anything that doesn’t get consumed in one sitting (like rawhide chips) in the cages but could REALLY use grooming supplies, particularly towels, inexpensive shears, and if someone had one theyweren’t using, a better grade of clipper, and waterless shampoo. Ferris also needs volunteers- Lindsay and I have tried but haven’t been able to make it work with our schedules.

Neither of these shelters spends ANY money on advertising, fancy mailings, or booths at the mall. They work with breed rescue where they can, and are both staffed by people who really do care and are doing their best. Please, help them out!

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