League City is Keeping Pets Alive... but only with community help

By Ashley Donde

The League City Animal Shelter has broken ground on a new facility. In order to remain a no-kill shelter, they need the League City community to rally behind them. I’m personally all-in on this commitment to saving our local animals, and so I wanted to share my family’s story with you. 
Let’s work together to save our animals in need. 

A Family and Their Rescue Dog 

In the summer of 2016, I was scrolling through Facebook when a picture of the most adorable puppy popped up in my feed. She was pure snowy white, with a patch of black and brown fur surrounding her left eye. The kind of dog you’d see in a movie or a dog food ad. Her dark brown eyes looked confused, and maybe she was. She was a new resident at the League City Animal Shelter. How such a gorgeous dog ended up at the shelter will always be a mystery to me, but it was a moment of serendipity for my family.

I texted a photo of the dog to my husband and asked him “what do you think?” We’d been casually searching for a companion for our Australian Shepherd, and this dog looked like she had some Aussie or Border Collie blood. I figured the two dogs would probably get along.

a girl holding a dog in a cara calico dogNot patient enough to wait for his reply, I packed up my kids and our dog, Winnie, in the car, and drove down to meet the puppy at the shelter. It was love at first sight. We sat with her for nearly an hour, playing and figuring out if she’d be a good fit for the family. It was an easy decision. That evening, a fluffy white puppy with a patch on her eye happily greeted my husband when he came home from work. We named her Scout.

a boy and a girl posing with their dogThe next month was rough going. Scout was incredibly ill with worms and parasites. But with medication, commitment, and plenty of love, she survived. We’ve had Scout for almost three years now, and she’s become an irreplaceable member of our family. She’s fiercely loyal, and loves to run and play. It’s as if she knows she’s been rescued, and she’s just thankful to have food and shelter.

Without League City Animal Shelter and their vision to care for animals in need, we’d never have met our precious pup. Many of you in our local community have furry family members of your own from the shelter, and we are all indebted to them for their hard work.

Thankfully, there’s a way we can give back. 

Keeping Pets Alive

You can learn a lot about a person by the way they treat animals, and the same is true for how a city treats its animals in need. League City has the only municipal no-kill animal shelter in all of Galveston County, which should tell you a lot about the kind of citizens that reside here.

Every year the League City Animal Shelter takes in approximately 2,200 animals from the streets. In 2018 they averaged around 100 adoptions per month. The shelter is not an animal warehouse. It functions as an animal care and adoption center. Their goal is adopting out as many cats and dogs as possible by investing in the mental and physical well being of the animals.

They have a very active Facebook page where they post photos and information about all the incoming dogs and cats, and often use a professional photographer to take stylized photos of the dogs. It was this Facebook page that led us to Scout three years ago. The page has reunited hundreds of lost pets with their families, and created new families for homeless animals. The page is called “League City Pets Alive” to highlight their mission of keeping pets alive.

What Makes League City Animal Shelter Special?

  • Vaccinations. They vaccinate all animals on intake, to help prevent the spread of airborne disease, giving them the greatest chance of survival.
  • Medical treatment. They provide medical treatment— like flea and worm medication—to cats and dogs waiting for adoption.
  • Training. They provide dog playgroups, socialization, canine good citizen training, and other tools that help dogs become more adoptable, and less likely to return.

The shelter is fiercely committed to the humane treatment of cats and dogs in need, and because of this, they’re building a brand new facility to better serve these animals. The shelter recently broke ground on this new building, which will be located on Walker St. near League City’s other municipal buildings. It’s scheduled to open near the end of 2019, or early 2020.

Why the New Facility?

The current shelter was originally built as an animal holding facility, and is not an ideal place for scared animals to be sheltered, or a welcoming place for families to meet potential pets. It’s loud. It’s crowded. It’s smelly. It’s small.

The new shelter will have indoor/outdoor kennels (increasing to 60 total kennels) that are behind glass, reducing both noise and smell. There will also be an education room designed to engage community members in classes, training, and other events. The whole facility will be much more welcoming to families looking to adopt, and will be much less stressful for animals waiting to be adopted.

How Can I Help?

Friends of League City Animal Shelter is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit that assists the animal shelter through monetary donations, as well as helping coordinate volunteers. The money and volunteer hours donated to this organization allow the shelter to maintain a “no-kill” status.

“It’s not just a no-kill shelter, it’s a no-kill community
because we all have the responsibility of maintaining it.”

–Monica Millican, founder and president of Friends of League City Animal Shelter

 The shelter must have volunteers and donations to operate as a no-kill shelter. The time and monetary investments of League City residents have helped the shelter go from euthanizing more than 50% of the animals taken in, to a no-kill shelter.

Monetary Donations

Your dollars go to:

  • Vaccinations
  • Spay/neuter procedures
  • Microchips
  • Veterinary care when needed
  • Leashes, harnesses, and collars
  • Bedding and blankets
  • Life enrichment toys
  • Other necessities to keep the animals safe and healthy

Learn more about donating to the
League City Animal Shelter

Volunteer Hours

Your time goes to:

  • Fostering animals
  • Clerical work
  • Local adoption events
  • Dog play groups
  • Feline friends
  • Other programs, resources, and events designed to keep the animals healthy, cared for, more adoptable, and most importantly…ALIVE

To learn more about volunteering with the
League City Animal Shelter, visit https://www.friendsofleaguecityanimalshelter.org/volunteer

New Shelter

In honor of the new shelter being constructed, there are some special ways League City residents can get involved:

  • Order a commemorative brick to honor a beloved pet
  • Dedicate a mural leaf
  • Purchase an engraved memorial bench
  • Sponsor a kennel
  • Naming rights for various rooms at the shelter

Click here to download the sponsorship flyer.

I hope you’ll join me in support of our local animal shelter. To learn more about helping, visit https://www.friendsofleaguecityanimalshelter.org/