HSNT has dedicated employees and staff who work hard every day to help adoptable animals find forever homes. As a new foster parent for a litter of kittens, I see how supportive the staff is saving every precious animal life. HSNT provides many times of services at low-cost for the betterment of the animals in the community.
I first served as a volunteer, and after several years walking dogs and working at off-site adoption sites, I became a board member. This organization is not without its faults, but most of those faults stem from too much work to do and not enough resources to do it..a failing of many non-profits. The people here care so much about the animals whom they aim to protect. The group is called out time and again when other agencies say no because of lack of resources. The Humane Society of North Texas does an amazing amount work with limited resources, and the people and staff that support HSNT are the reason HSNT is able to do so much with so little. It is grueling work with very little downtime. HSNT remains dedicated to their open door policy when other shelters have gone to a reservation-only system, leaving many animals stranded and on the streets. HSNT will continue to work tirelessly to find good homes for animals and to treat all animals with dignity and respect.
I am writing to say I believe in the "Rainbow Bridge". I would never put an animal in a shelter, to sit there for days months years. I believe in having them 'fixed' and letting them live out their life as an animal. If fortunate enough - a loving family. In a shelter they sit in the small cage and age, no longer a kitten - did not get to experience the touching grass for the first time, trees-yes they are fun to climb. I feel this is such a crime that the animal that did not commit a crime, like criminals that sit behind bars - who committed a crime. These "cats", which I am supporting or any other animal, do not need to be put behind bars just because some uneducated, no feelings toward animal kind, non passionate person who thought they wanted a pet and could not handle the responsibility and let them outside to make it on their own. I believe that anyone who wants a pet should have to undergo an intense training how to take care of the pet, pass a test, be monitored for 2 years. Seems like those who can barely afford to take care of themselves wants a pet. Then the pet is without water, food, hot in the summer, cold in the winter. No love or attention. The Rainbow Bridge is such a powerful place for animals - they have no pain, they become young again, no memory of the torture YOU gave them. They find peace and if you were a loving care taker, when you pass they will find you and you will unite once again as your love is strong.
How many animals make it out of this shelter alive? Most are killed. This is a high kill shelter with a fundraising machine. We have the power to build a new consensus, which rejects killing as a method for achieving results. And we can look forward to a time when the wholesale slaughter of animals in shelters is viewed as a cruel aberration of the past. We have a choice. We can fully, completely, and without reservation embrace No Kill as our future. Or we can continue to legitimize the two-pronged strategy of failure: adopt a few and kill the rest. It is a choice which history has thrown upon us. We are the generation that questioned the killing. We are the generation that has discovered how to stop it. Will we be the generation that does?
"Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. We can be that great generation."
I don't know how HSNT could be any better. I adopted my Ranger from them two years ago when I was heartbroken over the loss of my Jack rescue dog. This organization and the people and volunteers who work there are exemplary. They truly care about the animals, and they make the best use of every donation. Simply put: THEY ARE THE BEST!
I adopted my lab / american staffordshire terrier mix from HSNT when he was 8 weeks old. My sister fostered all four of the puppies in his liter, and the day she returned them, I decided to adopt Chuy. The other three puppies in his liter were adopted within a few days and I'm so glad! HSNT did an amazing job of keeping the puppies healthy while they were in the shelter. They offered to get him neutered before I picked him up and his recovery was excellent! Chuy has been such a great addition to the family and I will definitely head to HSNT when I decide to adopt another pet!
We adopted our wonderful Akita mix from this shelter, and I will be forever grateful to them for giving her a second chance. They were so very accomodating to us in helping us select her, and even let our other dog meet her before we took her home to ensure they got along well. HSNT does fabulous work for our community, and has impacted so many lives, both human and four-legged. Highly recommend visting one of their adoption centers if you're looking for a new addition!
The tenacity of HSNT personnel and volunteers to make a positive impact on EVERY animal that comes through their doors never ceases to amaze me. I am honored to be a part of the family of critter crusaders for the past 7 years and will continue to support them in their quest to make life better for animals who come into their care. HSNT is the ONLY open door shelter in N Tx-no animal dealt a bad hand by man'kind' is turned away.
My sister told me about the Extreme Mutt Makeover which I followed this year; each dog has his own webpage! Through HSNT and EMM I received my loving, friendly, wonderful dog Emmit--I highly commend his youth trainer Ashley. He has the most beautiful personality and fits right into our family. I can't imagine him languishing without a home. I wish all "unwanted" pets could find their forever home. Thank you so much to everyone involved!
HSNT is a miracle with its feet on the ground. It makes do with the least and does the best. It deserves widespread support for its efforts. Please consider a donation, especially to the Waggin' Tails center to open in 2013 in Benbrook, Texas. The new site literally needs money and in-kind contributions of all kinds. Thank you.--Steve Munday, Fort Worth, Texas
Our family has been blessed to both foster animals for and adopt animals through the Humane Society of North Texas. In all of our experiences with them, HSNT staff members have consistently demonstrated a common mission of compassion towards animals and a commitment to excellence. Of all the animal welfare organizations in Texas, I would recommend HSNT over any other, hands down!