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Friday, March 18, 2016

Lytle Animal Shelter Dogs!

As I mentioned in my post Opt to Adopt HERE, I wanted to share some wonderful animal shelters and rescues that I came in contact with while looking for a sister for Ella last year.  The first one I want to bring to your attention is...
The City of Lytle, Texas Animal Control 

Last spring I found a sweet dog on their Petfinder page HERE and called the facility about her.  She had just been adopted!  I was surprised to see a small town's animal control on Petfinder so I asked the  ACO (Animal Control Officer), Rachel, about it and she told me
the story...

This municipal shelter is a "KILL" shelter in a very small rural town outside of San Antonio where there is not much foot traffic to adopt out dogs.  Sadly, there is a never-ending stream of dogs being dumped and found as strays in this area.  But... the most amazing thing happened just a little over a year and a half ago when a puppy-angel by the name of Alice Lang volunteered for the shelter and brought her knowledge and rescue experience to this small town animal control.  The facility would annually euthanize anywhere from 175 to 235 dogs (due to lack of space) since its opening in 2010.  Alice helped the facility start an adoption program that adopted dogs via Petfinder and Rescue Me with a focus of getting dogs adopted in the Northeast where the demand for rescue/shelter dogs is high.  In 2015, the first full year the adoption program was in place, they only had to euthanize 32 dogs, due to extreme illness or injury.  Not one of their dogs has been euthanized for space since they started their adoption program.  With hard work and determination the director, Betty Kroeger, the two ACO's: Rachel and Santiago, and the amazing Alice Lang along with a group of fosters (like fabulous foster Teresa) have turned this small, rural, municipal KILL shelter into an amazing success story!  This wonderful facility rescues dogs, gets them medical attention if needed, has them spayed and neutered, then fosters them until they are completely ready to be adopted.  They know the dogs they put up for adoption on a personal level and can help you with any questions you might have.

As a municipal facility the city of Lytle pays for food and the shelter for the dogs (and cats) but not for medical expenses or spay and neuter costs which are vital to the success of the adoption program.  The shelter raises funds for medical care, and spay and neuter operations themselves, which again is difficult in such a rural community.
I'm hoping some of you generous-hearted dog-lovers will join me in offering support for this wonderful facility and a helpful hand for medical expenses and spay and neuter expenses.  If you would like to donate, please send a check (all donations stay within  Animal Control) to:
Lytle Animal Control
Attention:  Betty Kroeger
P.O. Box 743
Lytle, Texas 78052
(thank you so much!!)

Whether you live in Texas or across the country, if you are considering adopting I hope you'll look at Lytle's dogs (and cats!-  They transported one of their cats to Seattle:)  They transport dogs using Greg at Rescue Roadtrips to get dogs to their forever homes in the northeast.
Lytle's Petfinder page
lists their available dogs with a detailed description and photos, along with a video - which I think is extremely helpful in seeing a dog's personality.
You can also see all the videos on Alice Lang's YouTube channel:
Be sure to follow (and share;) her channel and check it frequently as their list of dogs changes often.
I check in to see her videos several times a week, (it makes my heart happy to hear her charming southern voice:) and forward any of the precious dog's info to people I know are looking to adopt.

For adoption info email Alice at:
You can also follow, like and share their page Lytle Rescue Dog Foster Program on Facebook

So, lets meet some of their dogs!!
Please click on the name above the following dogs to view their information, more photos and a video of each dog:

Bella NJ

Adam CT

Shae VT

Tyra NJ



Gidget VT


Allister NJ

Grace VT

Shoogs PA

Mustang Sally

Mustang Sally NJ


Jordan NJ

Ginger VT

Please help me spread the word about this wonderful rural facility that is working so hard to make a difference for these abandoned dogs.

 I mentioned that Lytle is a very small rural town where many dogs are dumped and found as strays.  Dr. Liz Lowe is a veterinarian that lives in the area who volunteers her time and services, serving as a consulting veterinarian for Lytle Animal Control. She also has her own rescue, KARE,  and will take in Lytle dogs that need more medical attention than Animal Control can take on.  Director, Betty Kroeger could not sing Dr. Liz's praises loudly enough for all she does for dogs in her care.  Dr. Liz and her husband founded KARE as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit to provide lifesaving intervention for animals in need.
Kayser Animal Rescue Effort

Please share this post (or feel free to repost) with anyone you know who is looking to adopt or simply loves dogs!  Thank you!


  1. This made me weep ... sorry , sob.
    I want to adopt them all. The cats would just have to cope with it.
    But I am moving in a matter of weeks and haven;t the time or the place to have a pup, it would be too much turmoil for the dog ... oh how I wish my timing were better !

    1. Thank you for your email Candice and telling me you were reposting this on your blog! xxo

    2. You are welcome. Anything for the pups :)

  2. I hope many, many people see what you are sharing. I live in Rockwall, TX and thankfully we have a wonderful no kill facility here where we adopted our sweet dog. I'm constantly sharing the dogs on Facebook in hopes that someone will go get them. Every little bit helps. :)

    1. I do too Stacey!! Please share the post on your facebook page if you will! You are so right- every little bit helps. Thank you:

  3. Joan,
    I love this story. I've shared it on FB and hope some dog lovers will adopt some of these sweet pups. Thank you for your kindness towards animals and your help educating the public on the wonderful dogs available through adoption.

  4. Hi Joan, I would like to give a shout out to Houston Poodle Rescue ( some dogs are honorary poodles :)) our wonderful dog bichon/poodle mix Zoe, who spends her summers and fall in Washington, NH kayaking, lake barging, and playing with our 3 year old granddaughter, is an alumna! You are doing God's work! as a native New Englander I was appalled at the strays here...what a wonderful story about the shelter in San Antonio.
    Thanks, Joan
    Holly Rigby
    Spring, TX

    1. Holly, Washington and East Washington are both charming!! Lucky Zoe to spend her summers there;) And we've had the opposite (and wonderful;) experience of not ever seeing a stray dog here as you know. Thank you for your comment and sharing the Houston Poodle Rescue.

  5. Thank you SOOO much to the anonymous $200 donation on behalf of precious Petunia! xxo

  6. Betty Grogan... thank you SOOO much for your donation on behalf of precious Petunia! xxojoan

  7. You really doing a wonderful job bringing attention to the homeless dogs. I live in Wisconsin & am always encouraging friends & family to adopt from rescues. Thank you for what you are doing!!

    1. Thank you! I want to use my voice to help shelter/rescue dogs.

  8. What beautiful dogs! And such amazing work these dedicated folks are doing to help get so many dogs and cat adopted. God bless them. Thanks, Joan, for sharing all this information on adoption. I hope a lot of people take your advice.

  9. I too am a Native New living in Texas. My youngest daughter adopted a Shepherd/Husky mix from a local shelter days after she graduated from college...she recently got her Masters from UT Brownsville and was so appalled at the amount of strays and the way so many people there didn't treat their dogs as part as the family. She's now in Seattle where it's just the opposite. I'm not sure if it's a cultural thing, but the difference between these two cities is unbelievable. Thanks for all the resources :)

    1. Ann Marie, Congrats to your daughter- on her graduation and her new pup! Yes, it's so hard to see so many stray dogs- I remember that well.
      I just went to your blog and your house is perfectly charming- I adore the photo at the top your work on the house is gorgeous! Wonderful renovation for such a charming house!!

  10. I have adopted two wonderful dogs from the Lytle Animal Shelter. Having known Betty for a few years now, I have to say she cares so much for the animals and goes above and beyond to take good care of them and find them homes. Bravo to Betty and her staff. They are making a difference one pet at a time.

    1. Charity, Thank you so much for commenting. Yes, Bravo to Betty and her staff!! Betty was so fun (and funny:) to talk to you can just tell how much she loves and cares for all the dogs. And then to have 6 (I think it was;) of her own at home- with all but one adopted from LAC of course. They are all such wonderful people!

  11. Thank you to all you Anonymous donors SOOOOOOO much for your generous donations for Petunia's surgery. Because of all of you they are now only $180 away from their goal. I'm hoping we can all close that gap and make it "goal reached"! Thanks again!!! xxojoan

  12. Thank you so much for sharing the info on the pups at Lytle and KARE. Words do not adequately convey the depth and commitment of this dedicated group of people. If you live on the east coast, please consider a Texas rescue dog. Lytle, KARE and Katie's Roadside Rescue all use Rescue Road Trips (which you can follow on FB) to transport their adopted dogs bi-monthly to safe and loving homes.

  13. Thank you Robin in Umbria for your donation!!!! xxo

    1. Thanks for sharing this story with all of us. You are an inspiration.... Robin in Umbria

  14. We are seriously considering adopting Nanny -- just waiting on some info from Lytle. Own own beloved rescue dog passed away last month, and our family has a gaping hole in it :( Question -- did you use the rescue in Williston VT to adopt from Lytle or the one in Norwalk CT? We're in the Concord NH area, so neither is in our backyard.... Thanks!

  15. Amy, omgosh!!! That makes me so happy to hear this. The rescue we adopted Amelia from used the other transport that dropped off in Brattleboro. I will go pick her up and deliver her to you. Seriously!!! Please email me at to chat!

  16. This weekend I was in my car a the radio was airing an interview about the Lytle Shelter. Then I heard Dr. Lowe's name. Could there be more than one Dr. Lowe. So when I got home I did some research....... Dr. Lowe is great. My friend recommended her to me when I had a foster cat that was sick. Turns out she was diabetic and Dr. Lowe gave me the support and courage to treat a diabetic animal. We were able to get the cat into remission after about 2 months of treatment and with a proper diet have been able to keep her in remission for over a year. Praise and Thanks to Dr. Lowe.

    1. If they were talking about the Lytle Shelter then it was definitely this Dr. Lowe! Such a great story. Thank you for leaving this comment Sharon!


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