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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Updated: Lytle Animal Shelter Dogs!

While I'm working on my next post I thought I would update this original post with some new puppy faces that are in need of finding homes from this rural facility.  If you read this post initially, you can just scroll on down to see the new, sweet faces!  The first girl shown, Bella, was surrendered to a vet's office to be euthanized simply because she had an abscessed tooth.   Can you even believe that??
You must watch her video in her link and see how sweet she is.  To think someone wanted to put her down... unbelievable.

And, in case you missed it precious Nanny was adopted by one of my readers HERE!!!

Here's the repost:

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 :  Has been ADOPTED!!!!!  Yay!
Bella NJ


Tessa NJ

Adam CT

Shae- ADOPTED!!!
Shae VT

Tyra NJ


Gidget VT


Allister NJ

Selma VT

Grace VT

Shoogs PA

Mustang Sally
Mustang Sally NJ

Jordan NJ

Ginger VT

Jack 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

And finally....

 I want to share this sweet, amazing dog "Teddy" with all my French friends and followers (please share!)  He is in desperate need of a new home.  Many U.S. readers have offered to adopt him, but he needs to be adopted in France.  You can read about Teddy and this sad situation and that of his owner
Ellie of Have Some Decorum who is dying from ALS

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. Sweet Shae reminds me of Ella! I hope that these sweetie pies all find wonderful homes!

    1. You are so right!!! It's those eyes and that sweet face!

  2. So many sweet doggie faces. I hope each and everyone of these dogs are adopted. Seriously? An abscess sad.
    Thank you for all you do to help these dogs. Our two rescue dogs are precious family members.

  3. Those sweet little faces. We have two rescued pit bulls that are the loves of my life. Unfortunately one of them was just diagnosed with cancer but our Vet said it is a slow growing cancer and she should have at least 5 years so that is not too bad. We are going to see an oncologist but my husband has also been diagnosed with cancer and has a very large surgery coming up so our little sweetie will have to wait a few weeks. I would have 5 if I could afford them.

    1. I am so sorry that your husband has cancer. My prayers are with you both.....
      Also your sweet pittie... that is so sad. Life must feel so overwhelming right now. I am so, so sorry.
      I adore pitties. I'm trying hard to figure out how I can fit 4 in the car at the moment and I would adopt again in a heartbeat. Sending love and positive energy to your household. xxoj.

    2. Thank you for your sweet words. I wish I didn't have to be anonymous but I truthfully don't know how else to do it. Thanks for praying for my family. I do feel overwhelmed but I truly believe that God will watch over all of us.

  4. much older sister susanApril 19, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    I want them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. That's amazing!! So hope they all find a good home!

  6. I love dogs, and I love fixing up houses. But lately your blog has been all about the dogs, and there's been nothing about the house. Might it be more effective if you had two blogs, one for each of your interests? (Though I am sure you have lots of interests!) I have to post my comment as anonymous, because that is the only option that fits. But my name is Mary. Again, I do love dogs and other animals, but when I read this blog purportedly about a house, that is what I expect to read.

    1. Dear Mary,
      I write a "lifestyle" blog, so therefore I write about all things I am deeply passionate about that make up "my love of home" - decorating, design, gardening, cooking, entertaining and DOGS; and that includes using "my voice" to promote dog adoption which I believe is an extremely important issue. The beauty of writing a personal blog is that I get to choose what I want to write about, and I will continue to write about all of the above, just as you are free to choose to not read/ follow if the content isn't to your liking or what you "expected.". Isn't it great that we all have choices!

  7. Thank you for posting, keep awareness going. Inspiring, real, and committed. I encourage others to get involved, send a donation, volunteer, or spread the word. Thanks again,
    The House of Hampton

  8. Joan, I really admire how you are helping the cause of this small facility. Our Lucy is a rescue and we cannot imagine our lives without her. If I could, I would adopt them all!

  9. Thank you for helping and creating awareness of the need to adopt, not buy.

    1. I feel it is so important to spread the word. I thank you for your support!

  10. I'll share this on Facebook. I have friends there from all over so maybe someone will fall in love:)

  11. We lost our Pitt to cancer 3 weeks ago.
    My husband and I are so lost with out her, we have started looking already.
    Call us crazy.
    Linda C in Seattle

    1. Linda,
      I am so very sorry for your loss. I know this pain, and you are "not" crazy. I think you are wonderful, selfless and brave with so many dogs (especially Pitties) needing homes, and with so many being put down for lack of space in shelters. I'm sure you've read this before, but I wanted to share it with you:
      A Dog's Last Will and Testament
      (Author unknown)

      Before humans die, they write their last Will & Testament, and give their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I'd ask....

      To a poor and lonely stray I'd give:

      My happy home.
      My bowl, cozy bed, soft pillows and all my toys.
      The lap which I loved so much.
      The hand that stroked my fur and the sweet voice which spoke my name.
      I'd will to the sad scared shelter dog the place I had in my human's heart, of which there seemed no bounds.

      So when I die please do not say, "I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand." Instead go find an unloved dog; one whose life has held no joy or hope and give MY place to him.

      This is the only thing I can give...the love I left behind.

      My deepest sympathy to you and your husband.... Please write to me when you find your dog!

    2. I just saw the part about Teddy. My husband is in France! I forwarded the info and hopefully he will pass it on to his coworkers there.

    3. THANK YOU Lana!!!! That is wonderful!

  12. What a great story, our little shelter works pretty good too. Small town big hearts

    1. It is wonderful to hear that another small Texas town has a good shelter!! Small town, big hearts indeed!

  13. Way to go Joan! There are so many unsung hero's who are champions for animals, and you are one of them. You are keeping the dialog going and awareness is rising!

    1. I so appreciate your comment Tina. Thank you for your support!

  14. I will definitely share this. My last two dogs (Brittanies) have been owner surrounders. They are so sweet. I don't understand it either.


  15. Oh my, Tyra looks like my beloved childhood pet who got run over by the snowplow. My heart has been broken for 49 years over that. I wish they gave more details about the dogs.

    1. Lana, I'm also so sorry about your childhood dog. That must have been terribly traumatic.
      I LOVE Tyra!!! She is so precious. Did you click her name above the photo? There really is a great deal of info (I've attached it below! And be sure to watch her video by clicking on the box on the far right under her picture on Petfinder. She is precious.) Also email Alice Lang at : Between her and Rachel, the ACO at the shelter they can answer any and all questions!
      "Welcome Tyra. She is a 7 pound beauty that is 8 years old. This breed lives to be 15 or 16 so she is middle aged . She is a Chihuahua/Min Pin that was surrendered because they were moving and they were ok with her being euthanized. HORRIBLE. Only in Texas where we are overcrowded and dogs are not valuable or family. URGH!! She is super sweet and not nippy. She is great with other dogs, good on a leash, good in a crate and ready for her forever home. She loves to be held and is loyal. She is not a big shedder and a great companion. She is up on shots, spayed, and ready for her forever home. She is looking for her home on the East Coast where dogs are valuable. Her adoption fee is 170 and transportation aboard Road Trips is 185. She can be delivered to VA, PA, CT, MD, NJ, NY and VT. Contact me for an application."

    2. My husband says to get to work on her adoption! We are in SC but will drive to VA to meet the transport. I can't hardly wait to bring her home!

    3. LANA!!!!! I read this comment at midnight and couldn't sleep at all last night because I was SO excited and Happy!!!!! I am so happy for you and for little girl Tyra!!!!! xxo

    4. Joan of Bark has another success story! Lana I'm so excited for you and-oh my god-so sorry about your childhood dog.

  16. Mustang Sally! Oh god how cute they all are. Love that you shared this again and are keeping it updated. And thank you for including Teddy. I will update my post with a link here as soon as I'm home with my ye olden laptop.

    1. Mustang Sally would make a wonderful sister for Barbie!!!!:)

  17. I really appreciated you sharing this post. Thank you for caring for this animals. We live in SoCal. One of our dogs is rescue. We love her. We support local non kill shelters.


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