‘They were running out of basic common needs’: Florida rescue shelter saves 78 dogs from Texas shelters


Staff members with Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee, Florida, drove nearly 1,200 miles to Texas on a mission to save and transport 78 dogs and puppies from shelters and rescues impacted by the recent winter storm.“It was almost like a surreal moment. We were on this dirt road, and from half a mile, we could hear dogs barking, and we couldn’t see anything; we just heard it,” said Evan Fried, who transported the dogs.Fried says that’s the moment he will never forget. “You could see the leaking — flooding everywhere; the water pipes burst. It was really a rescue situation,” he added. The dogs were rescued from three Texas shelters in the Dallas and Houston area that were left with no power, water or food and no longer able to care for the animals.“They were running out of basic common needs,” said Fried. “They weren’t prepared for this at all,” added Lauree Simmons, president of the rescue. In the dark using headlights from nearby vehicles, one by one, each dog was taken to safety. “As soon as we got in the warm bus there was silence. You could tell they felt it, they really did,” said Fried. “How can you not help? How can you not go help when you have the ability to, I feel Texas would do the same for us,” said Simmons. Even after 37 hours of driving each way, there’s no question if they’d do it all over again. “It was 100% worth it. There’s nothing better than yes getting back here, but taking the dogs and getting them to a safe environment like the dog ranch,” added Fried. Organizers say many of the dogs came with coughs because of the cold weather and will be in quarantine for two weeks.The dogs will be up for adoption once they’ve been spayed, neutered and seen by a vet. As part of the emergency mission, the bus was also packed and filled with donated items like blankets, food, water and medical supplies to families with pets impacted by the storm.The rescue says it plans to continue this mission and make more trips to Texas.You can help by donating at bdrr.org

Staff members with Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee, Florida, drove nearly 1,200 miles to Texas on a mission to save and transport 78 dogs and puppies from shelters and rescues impacted by the recent winter storm.

“It was almost like a surreal moment. We were on this dirt road, and from half a mile, we could hear dogs barking, and we couldn’t see anything; we just heard it,” said Evan Fried, who transported the dogs.

Fried says that’s the moment he will never forget.

“You could see the leaking — flooding everywhere; the water pipes burst. It was really a rescue situation,” he added.

The dogs were rescued from three Texas shelters in the Dallas and Houston area that were left with no power, water or food and no longer able to care for the animals.

“They were running out of basic common needs,” said Fried.

“They weren’t prepared for this at all,” added Lauree Simmons, president of the rescue.

In the dark using headlights from nearby vehicles, one by one, each dog was taken to safety.

“As soon as we got in the warm bus there was silence. You could tell they felt it, they really did,” said Fried.

“How can you not help? How can you not go help when you have the ability to, I feel Texas would do the same for us,” said Simmons.

Even after 37 hours of driving each way, there’s no question if they’d do it all over again.

“It was 100% worth it. There’s nothing better than yes getting back here, but taking the dogs and getting them to a safe environment like the dog ranch,” added Fried.

Organizers say many of the dogs came with coughs because of the cold weather and will be in quarantine for two weeks.

The dogs will be up for adoption once they’ve been spayed, neutered and seen by a vet.

As part of the emergency mission, the bus was also packed and filled with donated items like blankets, food, water and medical supplies to families with pets impacted by the storm.

The rescue says it plans to continue this mission and make more trips to Texas.

You can help by donating at bdrr.org


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