With Cocoa and Phoebe resting in cages inside Texoma Harley Davidson in Sherman, Cindy Huth had a table set up next to the two to bring awareness to the Denison Animal Welfare Group and hoping a shopper might go home with a dog.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Huth, who is a DAWG volunteer, had the two dogs up for adoption and was collecting supplies for the organization. While the main DAWG trailer was loaded up with most of the organization’s rescue pets and traveled to McKinney for an adoption event, Huth informed passing Harley shoppers of what DAWG does and needs.
The volunteer organization has a shelter in Denison that houses more than 20 dogs and several cats. To keep the facility cleanly operating, DAWG requires a number of supplies donated from the community.
“You can imagine all the mopping and cleaning and laundry that goes on,” Huth said. “So we’re constantly in need of things like paper towels, floor cleaner, bleach and laundry detergent.”
Huth noted they’re always in need of toys as bigger dogs go through the toys pretty quickly, and they’re also currently in need of milk replacement because the lab mix Snowflake is a mother of 12 three-week-old puppies. The organization holds adoption events from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday, usually at the Sherman PetSmart.
On Huth’s table was a binder with information on each of the about 22 pets currently up for adoption at DAWG. Huth noted that Denison has a large population of abandoned and unwanted animals, and DAWG rescues many of those pets and finds homes for them.
“Rescue dogs — they’re not broken — there’s nothing wrong with a rescue dog,” Huth said. “They’ve just seen a little more. Rescue dogs have a lot of love to give, and rescue dogs are, a lot of time, the result of people indiscriminately breeding their dogs by not getting them spayed or neutered.”
DAWG has open adoptions, so those wanting to give a home to a dog must fill out an application and pay the $60 fee. Huth noted that the fee barely covers the cost of what the organization does for the animals. They spay and neuter the animals and provide vaccinations. There are also additional costs that come up like the feeding expenses and emergency vet visits.
“We’re always looking for grants; we’re always looking for donations to keep the place going,” Huth said.
DAWG recently received two grants that it plans to use toward building an additional shelter. Huth said the shelter is still in its planning stage, but with it, they’ll be able to rescue more animals. The organization is also in need of volunteers, and anyone over the age of 16 can volunteer. Children can also volunteer if the parents are present, Huth said.
“We are very grateful for all the support that people in this area have given us since the inception,” Huth said. “If it weren’t for the support from the community and the volunteers that we have, we wouldn’t have the successes that we had.”