BIG SPRING, TX: On January 25, 2006 Eureka arrived at her shelter in west Texas. She was just six weeks old and had been found in a ditch. 10 years later, Eureka is still there. She is a very adoptable sweetheart who we feel deserves to take priority now in finding a home due to her long term residency at the shelter. PLEASE SHARE!
In short, Eureka's shelter was managed poorly for a long time. Finally, the shelter has changed hands and the responsible staff and volunteers are working their tails off to improve the shelter and get all of their adoptable pups in homes ASAP.
The shelter staff and volunteers wrote, "On April 24th previous management left and the board basically abandoned ship. There were 111 dogs and 50 cats at the shelter. Of the 111 dogs, a large number of them are seniors and have spent their lives in these concrete kennels. They were not walked or interacted with much aside from staff. Many brought in as puppies. They had no volunteer program and sort of shut themselves off from the community.
Eureka, who was always shy, timid, reserved but always so kind, would sometimes climb the six-foot fence to come see rescue workers who occasionally worked out there so she could get some loving. But she hadn’t done it in years. In a sense, she saw her sentence and she knew what was in store for her. She had that dullness in her eyes.
But new management had taken over the Humane Society. Volunteers began working with the dogs. They were taken for walks. A new enclosed play yard with lush green grass (a rarity in dry West Texas) was built for dogs to run free and chase balls and swim in kiddie pools or just sit under an awning and be petted by workers and volunteers.
And Eureka began to get that sparkle back in her eye. Like the loving grandmother who just wanted someone to acknowledge she was special, that someone cared about her, new life sprang forth in her. Her tail began to wag. She pranced. She jumped up and down when someone came by her kennel with a leash, hoping and praying it was her turn for a walk. She has the spirit of a puppy again. She is no longer scared. She has boundless energy, she is kind and loving. She loves nothing but to be scratched behind the ears, to lay against you and to just be held and know she is appreciated.
Eureka walks well on a leash. She comes when she is called. She does well with large dogs (her kennel mate was Stripes – a large greyhound mix) and small dogs. She doesn’t pay any attention to the cat cage, but has never lived amongst them. It’s unknown whether she is housebroken because she has always lived in a kennel but she is very smart and obedient. She is heartworm negative and is on Heartguard.
She is fearful of toddlers but does well with adults. Once you give her love and attention, she is putty in your hands. Once you gain her trust, she is yours for a lifetime. This 10-year-old beauty has sweated it out in hot Texas summers and shivered in severe Texas weather.
She deserves a home. She’s fought so hard for a forever family. Her adoption fee has been sponsored. Transportation can be provided. She must be placed in a good, loving home."
To adopt Eureka, please contact shelter staff member Kristen by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also directly call or text the new director, Angie, at 432.214.7793.
For additional questions/assistance, please contact volunteer Valerie by emailing email@example.com.
The Howard County Texas Humane Society is located at 5710 W Interstate 20, Big Spring, TX.
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