North Texas Samoyed Rescue, Inc.
Saving Sammy Smiles Since 2002
NTSRI'S PLANS TO HELP WEST, TX PETS
As many of you may have heard by now, on Wednesday, April 17, a devastating explosion at a chemical/fertilizer plant in the town of West, TX, has completely destroyed at least 100 homes, along with a nursing home, a middle school and an apartment complex, killed several people (final numbers unknown) and injured more than 150 people. This small town, population 2,800, is only about 70 miles south of Dallas, where NTSRI is based.
We know that some people's pets were killed by the concussion of the explosion. Virtually the entire town was evacuated, and many people were separated from their pets at that time.
NTSRI has researched the best way to help in this situation. According to authorities, they are currently inundated with people coming down to help. This is causing some chaos. They ask that anyone wanting to go to West, please contact the Red Cross for an update on whether folks are needed, before they go down there.
The Humane Society of Central Texas is coordinating with the Red Cross. They are on standby with HAZ MAT and a large truck, waiting to be given the go-ahead to go in and assess the needs and rescue any surviving animals. Also, they are prepared to house these animals at their shelter and make every effort to reunite them with their families. Staff members of HSCT, many of whom lost their OWN homes, are working 24/7 right now to get everything ready to accept the explosion victims’ pets.
Don Bland, Executive Director of HSCT, wishes to squelch the rumor, which is already running rampant on Facebook, that animals taken to their shelter will be euthanized; this is simply NOT true. What they ARE trying to do right now is find placements for animals that were in the shelter prior to the explosion, so that room can be made to accommodate the animals that are victims of the explosion. They do NOT want to place the explosion victims’ animals in foster homes at this time, because that will make the process of reuniting them with their owners more difficult. Many local rescue groups are already working with HSCT to take the pre-explosion animals to accomplish this. An official Facebook page has been set up to help folks reconnect with their pets. Additionally, several veterinarians have volunteered their services and facilities.
After researching how NTSRI can offer the most MEANINGFUL help at this time, we have determined that what is MOST needed is financial donations. Therefore, NTSRI, in association with North Texas Samoyed Fanciers, the AKC-affiliated breed club for this area, is making a $500 donation to the shelter.
As more information becomes available, and if any further needs are communicated, NTSRI will definitely step up to the plate to help, and we will also communicate needs on our page, in the event you want to help as well.
Please keep these animals and their owners in your thoughts and prayers!!!!
NINTH ANNUAL RESCUE REUNION
WAS FUN FOR ALL!
For the ninth year in a row, North Texas Samoyed Rescue, Inc. said a huge "THANK YOU" to the adoptive families of rescued Samoyeds from our program. We held our Ninth Annual Rescue Reunion at the Stone Tables at White Rock lake on Sunday, April 14 from 2-5 p.m. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the trimmings wereavailable free of charge, along with fun games for our Sammies, fellowship and fun. We had approximately 50 humans and their Sammies to share in the festivities. A great time was had by all!!!! Thank you to everyone who came.We're already planning and hoping to make our TENTH annual reunion even more special.
On Friday, October 21, 2011, the SPCA executed a raid that resulted in the seizure of 108 dogs and cats from a home in North Texas. Fourteen of these were Samoyeds. The SPCA released the Sams to their breeders, co-owners and NTSRI in late November. As you can no doubt imagine, the veterinary expenses NTSRI incurred were unexpected and quite large.
Thanks to an outpouring of support from dozens of supporters, we were able to meet these expenses As of February, 2012, all of the seized Samoyeds have been placed in loving forever homes, except for one, who is still undergoing extensive veterinary treatment for a variety of problems.
Without your generous donations, saving these dogs and getting them placed in loving homes would simply not have been possible.
Here's a look at some of the Sammies from the SPCA seizure that your generous gifts helped us to save:
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We've joined the social media age at last!!! North Texas Samoyed Rescue, Inc. now has its very own Facebook page. Updates on Sammies up for adoption, upcoming events, and more will be posted there regularly.
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Plus, NTSRI has a "Cause" on Facebook, too! Click here to go to "Help NTSRI Save Sammy Smiles." Every time someone joins our Cause (which is FREE, by the way), it adds another member...The more members we get, the higher our Cause will rise on the list and the more visible it will be.
We encourage you to join our Facebook Cause and ask all of your Facebook friends to do so, as well. And, if you're so inclined, you can also make a donation to NTSRI through the Facebook "Causes."
Thank you for helping us publicize our organization and save Sammy smiles!
Obedience Class, Anyone?
There's nothing more enjoyable than spending time with a Sammy who knows his manners! Whether you have a puppy or an older dog, it's never too late to train them.
NTSRI President Lynn Sluder offers obedience classes to anyone who would like to spend some special one-on-one time with their white fuzzy and teach them the basics of obedience at the same time. The classes are held on a per-request basis, at the Walnut Hill Recreation Center, usually on Sunday afternoons. They are free, but we do ask for a donation to Rescue, if possible. Contact Lynn at email@example.com if you are interested in an obedience class.
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