Doing It “Doggie Style” on the Mean Streets of Houston

These two women are digging for buried treasure, a 39-pound, quivering, canine lodged deep inside a drainage tunnel. And if you think they’re going to come away empty handed, think again.

This kind of rescue should not be attempted by individuals without training.

Kelle Mann Davis (top)áand Katie Morin (below), volunteers of Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward in Houston, Texas, areácalled in to some of theámost extreme rescue situationsáand throwing in the towel simply isn’t an option.á In this case they were in pursuit of a mature, female dog who had been on the run for a very long time.

“Yvette is aáteacher at a nearby school andáhad noticed her aboutátwo months ago,” Kelle explains. “The dogáis a very skinny and nearly hairless girl whoáhas obviously had several litters. Yvette would feed and water her each day andáknew that she lived in the pipe on the street that borders the school. Yvette had seen her take some fast food bags into the pipe in hopes of a few scraps.”

“Yesterday she ran into her pipe and Kevin set the trap on one end of it as it appeared she could get only half way through,” Kelle explains. “He called me to come and see if could snare her. AsáI got close, she went deeper into the tunnel,ábeyond the point we thought we could.”

Katie, Kelle and Kevin take a moment to enjoy their victory and to allow the dog to settle down.

Katie belly crawled in and began attempting to get the snare around the dog’sáneck. Theásnare is 4 foot longáflexible pole with a loop at end so when you place it around the dog’s neck, it tightens to form a ‘collar’ so that the dog can be pulled forward.

“The hard part was getting the snareáaround her neck as the top of her head was on the top of the pipe, but when she lowered her head for a second we were able to get it around her andáhaul her out! As soon as she was out Kevin netted her to make sure she didn’t chew the snare and take off. We calmed her down and allowed her to decompress a bit then together with snare, net and leash got her into a crate.”

You're safe now darling.

And, it turns out, this little dog — now named Angel — already has a home.áYvette, the school teacher who had been feeding her for months, had already decided to adopt her.

“Yvetteácame out in tears that she was finally safe!,” Kelle said with joy. “When Angeláleft the pipe she was headed to a forever home.á Yvette had already purchased her flea medicine,ácollar, leash and a big soft bed. She had put aside a room for Angel to decompress and get used to the good life.”

The Forgotten Dogs of the 5th ward is an all volunteer member of the Harmony Fund international animal rescue network.áSee more of their rescue photos here.

 

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144 comments

Jeannet Bertelink

Big KISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, thanks

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ym V.

hi all, letting you know how she is doing...progress is slow but she now sleeps stretched out instead of 'balled up', she is eating/drinking well, she is so smart & arranges her blankets on her own. eye contact/touch are still a struggle for her as she winces, cowers & closes her eyes but, we are working on that...gentle touches, kind words. some of her hair has returned & she has a softness to her face w/ the new fuzz coming in. i am so proud of my girl! she really touches my heart. the importance of saving '1'...just one, matters! cont'd thanks/blessings to kevin, kelle, katie and 'forgotten dogs...'---ymv

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Carrie Anne Brown

great ending and article :) thanks for sharing

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Jane R.
Jane R5 years ago

Wonderful people doing something wonderful for a poor helpless dog. I'm so happy it turned out the way it did.

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Nelson Petrie
Nelson Petrie5 years ago

We need more dedicated and selfless folks like Kellie and Katie all across the US as well as across Mexico and Canada. Would more 'animal missionaries' venture into other cruel nations such as Spain and China to do the work of saving the four-legged children of the Universe? There are other nations that equally neglect their animals so people of these nations should be inspired by such stories on Care2 Causes and follow Kellie's and Katie's example.

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Ken W.
Ken W5 years ago

AWESOME

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Gysele van Santen

it's good to know there really are good folks in this world. thnx for sharing.

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ym V.

cont'd...sorry, don't know why my message cut off? too long perhaps...what i want to say is THANK GOD for people like this group, kevin, kelle & the girls that came to help last friday. PLEASE SUPPORT THEIR SELFLESS, BRAVE & COMPASSIONATE WORK. they are truly on the 'front-lines' of this never-ending problem. they work to educate others, they are available to give advice & support, lend a hand & rescue. i almost gave up & it almost defeated me. they wouldn't let me...because of them, 'Angel' has a chance at being loved & cared for as she deserves. ONE MORE DOES MATTER!!! i believe this w/my whole heart.

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ym V.

UPDATE ON 'ANGEL'...hello, today is day 5 & she is HOME! thanks for all the well wishes & care.i cannot thank kevin, kelle & crew enough in my lifetime for all they did for ANGEL. kevin was most valiant, patient & POSITIVE. he never gave up & never let ME give up. i have fed, talked to, visited & worried/prayed over her for 2 months (since we reported back to school here in Houston). i tried to gain her confidence. BARC (animal control) did a sweep of the neighborhood (ripe w/loose creatures in need, predominantly pits). she came out on that day & was double ketamined (w/arrows). she took refuge under an abandoned house & although the agent tried for over an hour to get her out, he was unable. we tried another trapper but she had 2 bad experiences w/ the trap & would not come near the parking lot if she saw the trap thereafter. i would feed her on weekends/school holidays, etc. but could not gain her trust, look too long at her or touch her. on a saturday, a few weekends ago, i hit bottom & almost gave up! i reached out to kelle & kevin...the rest you know! she has her own room, is currently sleeping mostly but has progressed to eating in front of me & coming out on her own of her kennel. progress is slow but is happening. i am sharing daily photos of her w/kelle & kevin & i do hope that they post them for you all to see ( i apologize...this new technology is not of my generation & i do not know how to sha

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Gigi M.
Gigi M5 years ago

God bless the both of you. It warms my heart to know that there are such caring people in the world.

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