by Emily Waldrep- When someone decides to get a new dog they often turn to small puppies from breeders from Houston or Beaumont, but what many people don't know is there are a few great pet rescue organizations that save dogs from our area and try to place them in loving homes. Although puppies are cute and cuddly, they tend to grow into larger dogs, and then they end up in a shelter. Rescue organizations are committed to saving these dogs from the shelters, giving them vet care and then finding the perfect home for them.
One rescue organization called PAWS started out in Tyler County more than 6 years ago, and has since adopted out as many as 3,000 dogs that would otherwise be euthanized in a humane society. Kim Meaut, the president of PAWS, says that she and Nancy Hopson, a resident of Tyler County, rescue animals from Hardin, Orange, Jefferson and Tyler County, and actively work with Tyler County Animal Control to save stray or unwanted pets.
PAWS is different from an animal shelter because it is strictly a "foster based" rescue. That means that pet lovers can volunteer to become a foster parent to an unwanted animal, and PAWS will pay for its vet care and food until the dog is placed into a loving home. There are many fosters located in Tyler County, and anyone can become a foster parent for PAWS as long as they can bring the dog to various "adoption days" at PetCo in Beaumont.
For those interested in adopting a rescue dog, PAWS has a few different ways to place the perfect dog into a perfect home. First, dogs are brought to an adoption event at PetCo every Saturday from 12-5 where hopeful adopters can meet and take home a pet. PAWS also adopts dogs out during the week from their website and Facebook page, www.pawsdogrescue.org and PAWS BEAUMONT on Facebook. The rescue also allows "sleepovers" were the dog can stay at their possible new home for a week, and if the new owners and pet are happy with each other, the pet can stay. If it's not a perfect match, the dog can be returned to PAWS and all expenses will be reimbursed.
Another great rescue in our area is R.A.S Pit Bull rescue, an organization that saves Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes from local shelters and attempts to place them in safe, secure homes. Pit Bulls often don't have a chance to get adopted from local shelters, so R.A.S steps in to temporarily house the dogs until an adopter fills out an application, gets approved, and can adopt the dog. The rescue is based out of Hardin County, but adopts dogs out to Tyler County as well. The rescue is commited to matching the perfect Pit Bull to the perfect family, and founder Courtney Denmon always strives to make sure owners are happy with their pets.