When my family and I decided to add a dog to our family, we knew we wanted to adopt one that needed a home. We began looking at local shelters and visited many of them. Our experience at Morris Safe House was totally different than our experience at any other. Other shelters were dirty and were more interested in getting rid of dogs than finding the right home for dogs. I know this because we ended up with the wrong one first from another organization. She was too large and energetic for our living space and we realized it wasn't going to work. It ripped our hearts out and hers to have to find her a more suitable home. When I contacted the Morris Safe House, as soon as I explained the situation they immediately knew what dogs might work for us and which ones wouldn't. The best part is - they would never let us be interested in one that wouldn't work. The shelter was clean, the dogs were really well taken care of and attached to the workers, which meant a lot to me. Adding a Morris Mutt to our family is the best decision we made!
My wife and I started volunteering at the Morris Safe House about a year ago. In a community that is much beleaguered with financial hardship for its human occupants, the struggle to help our canine friends is nearly Sisyphean. I see stray dogs on a weekly basis, if not daily. We try to take in what we can to find them a proper home, but we are not exactly equipped to keep every dog we find. The Morris Safe House however has been relentless in its endeavor to save, protect, and provide dogs with a temporary home for as long as it takes to find a permanent home. They seek to provide not just "shelter" care, but the quality of care that any good owner can provide. It is not an easy operation to take care of; there are numerous costs, countless trips to the vet, and often times requires personal care that only a mother, or father, could give. This can mean hours of sitting in a kennel with a new, often terrified resident, or another who is recovering from injuries or surgeries to mend the wounds from an abusive, former owner. The Morris Safe House has a wonderful staff of paid full time and volunteer help. I am constantly amazed at the care that is provided by these folks--Carolin and Sydne are amazing. You can see it by the reaction of the dogs, who see their care takers not as strangers, but companions. It is always bitter sweet to see one of the dogs get adopted. Everyone knows that it's important each dog find a good and permanent home, but its always hard to see them go.
The facilities are always kept clean and well ventilated, cool in the summer, warm in the winter. The meals are healthy, tasty, and the treats are generous. The number of volunteers varies from season to season and week to week, but never seems to be lacking. On some days you can see half a dozen volunteers outside walking dogs, playing catch, or just sitting in the shade with their four legged companions. Some of the more nervous dogs (usually from abuse) opt to just stay in their kennels with one of the volunteers--as sometimes cuddling is more needed than sunshine. There is ample space to walk outside on leashes or to go a little crazy in the dog runs. Each dog, unless they come as a pair or litter of puppies, has his or her own indoor/outdoor kennel providing them with shelter from the elements as well as fresh air and sunshine when needed.
Sallie herself I know puts in an extraordinary amount of time at the shelter, making sure not a single dose of medication is skipped, or that a single dog is left lacking attention. This requires early morning as well as late night visits, not to mention weekends spent at the local Pet Smart trying to find permanent homes for the dogs. Funding an organization primarily with donations essentially means you are in a continual state of financial crises. Money and other valuable resources are needed for this organization to stay afloat. It saddens me to think that any dog would have to be turned away or not given the proper amount of care simply because the money and help just wasn't there. I know Sallie would never allow that to happen, but that also creates a tremendous burden to carry. Money and resources that go to this organization will be greatly appreciated and, most importantly, used to save more and more dogs. If I have my facts correct, I believe the Safe House has rescued somewhere around 4,000 dogs over the course of about 4 years. I've been to the City Pound and know that they have no qualms about putting a dog down after only 2 days in. I'm pretty sure that without the Sallie Morris Safe House, those 4,000 or so dogs would either not be here today, or be here in abusive homes of neglect. That means something. Saving these dogs creates a positive culture. Kids that visit develop a sense of empathy and learn that each one of those dogs are precious. Older volunteers are made aware of the extent of abusive behavior and seem to take on a mission to educate the community so that it comes to an end. I can see nothing but positive outcomes from the extended life and even expansion of the Morris Safe House.
Assistant Professor of American and Texas Government
South Plains College
Our family dog of 13 years died in December 2010. We looked for a new dog in the Lubbock area and came across Morris Safe House. They were very attentive to the dogs housed in their kennels and had volunteers who walked and exercised the dogs regularly. We could tell that Sallie and Bill had a true passion for saving dogs and finding them good homes. We found both our dogs, Jethro and Ellie Mae through the Safe House and they have been great dogs. We've taken them back to the pet adoptions to show Sallie and they immediately remember her and start licking her. Morris Safe House genuinely cares for the well-being of the dogs they house and adopt and keep up with their shots, etc.
I was looking to adopt a rescue animal for my family but was unsure where to start. I came across the Morris Safe House and decided to check them out at an adoption event. While I didn't adopt that day, I would go back when I knew our family was ready for a Morris Mutt.
It was kismet that one Saturday when we visited an adoption event with the Morris Safe House and met our "Skipo." I knew our family was ready for Skipo but I had reservations as I didn't want to bring an animal into my childrens' hearts and then have something happen to it. Therefore I was hesitant to bring a rescue animal into our home.
My reservations were short lived as I saw Skipo's file and saw how well taken care of he was while at the Morris Safe House. Every aspect of Skipo's time in and out of the Morris House was documented. (Poor little guy had to re-homed after his first adoption was unsuccessfull.) Morris Safe House takes care of these furry babies as if they were their own and I knew we would be bringing home a healthy and happy little furry critter who would be apart of our family for the years to come.
I love the Morris Safe House!!! My beautiful rescue is a Morris Mutt.. her name is Bonnie Blue Wells.. I love Bill and Sallie Morris.. all the Morris Mutts receive the best vet care possibly.. they have complete blood work done.. Sallie spares nothing on the treatment if needed.. All the Morris Mutts are spayed/neutered prior to adoption.. They receive LOVE and COMPASSION!!! Possibly the best rescue in West Texas!!!!
Cathy and Bonnie Wells
Review from Guidestar
Two years into college my roommate and I decided it was time to get a dog. We searched the Lubbock area for shelters and Morris Safe House happened to be the first one we visited, thank goodness too it ended up being our first and only stop. I fell in love with a small black puppy there and was really thrilled at how thorough Sallie was in making sure my roommate and I were prepared to take on this responsibility. Sallie and Bill take great care of their animals and see to it that the animals do not go home with just anyone wanting a dog. All dogs entered into the Safe House are cleared by the vet, so all dogs are current on shots and monthly preventatives.
After adopting Bobby, we immediately started volunteering at the shelter, and learned something new everyday I was there. Seeing the transformations of some of the dogs at the Safe House was truly life changing. For example there are two dogs Lyric and Meadow (chihuahua mixes) who came into the safe house completely scared, they would cower in a corner and would not move if they saw someone pass by. Because of the dedication and love that Sallie and her volunteers showed to Lyric and Meadow , you are now able to take them outside; seeing them finally relaxed and trusting us enough to have fun outside is a beautiful thing.
After a couple of months of volunteering both at the Safe House and helping out at Petsmart adoptions my roommate and I were offered a weekend job at the Safe House. It is a job that I absolutely adore. I love being a part of an organization that truly cares and saves animals lives all the while educating the many volunteers that come through along with people looking to adopt.
Morris Safe House is hands down best place I could recommend to anyone interested in volunteering or considering adopting a dog.
In the fall of 2009, my rooom mate and I decided we needed a dog. We'd been considering it for a few months, but were worried that our free range rabbit would be an issue. We went to a handful of local shelters and organizations, but couldn't find a dog that would match with our lifestyle.
We should have gone to Morris Safe House and Sallie first! We wrote her a quick e-mail, and she responded within hours with a dog she had in mind. That weekend, we brought the rabbit out to the shelter and let them meet one another. It was love at first sight for all involved- and as I write this, two years later, Wolf (the rabbit) and Bella (the terrier) are curled up asleep in a chair a couple feet away.
I don't think any other rescue could have done for us what Miss Sallie did, and we are thankful for her and The Morris Safe House every single day!
Review from Guidestar
My roommate and I decided it was time to add a dog to our home in January '11 and Morris Safe House was the first place we visited to begin our search for our new baby. We fell in love with the entire operation at the Safe House. Sallie and Bill are some of the most amazing people you will ever meet and are truly genuine in their care for all the fur babies up for adoption (they are taken care of as good as their own dogs). After volunteering for many weeks with adoption events and day to day things at the shelter we were finally able to take home our own fur baby from Sallie and he is perfect. Soon after (and to this day) we have been working weekends at the shelter and still adore everything about it.
Sallie and Bill are set on giving every dog 'owner'-care instead of shelter care and it makes all the difference.
If you want to adopt a dog- this is the place to do it. You will be getting an amazing little fur baby and you will also be helping great people and a great cause.
My wife and I adopted Cutie Pie from Sally in Oct. Of 2010. We had a great experience working with Sally and the Crew at Morris Safe House. We were treated like friends on the very first meeting to discuss the terms of the adoption. We would definatelly adopt again from Morris Safe House and Sally. We will advise anyone wanting to adopt a pet to visit with Sally or the crew, and check out the pet avalible for adoption.
Arnold And Virginia Fry
Review from Guidestar
i adopted Carmen last year after loosing my fur baby to an illness. I took her home and tried to adjust to an active little one but was unable to so Sallie happily let me return Carmen to the Safe House so she could find her forever home. I recommend Sallie and Bill Morrises Safe House to all of my "older" ( I am 69 ) friends.