From The Collie Rescue Foundation
Photos and article by Babbi Dilbeck, DVM
Houston Collie Rescue is facing the daunting task of caring for and eventually rehoming 120 Collies seized from a breeder in Tomball, Texas. (update:136 collies at publication). The Collie Rescue Foundation is committed to offering assistance to that group for as long as they are the caretakers of these dogs.
Please consider volunteering to foster or assist in transport runs for these dogs . . . there is still so much work to be done and YOU can have a part in making a difference!
We will also aid other rescues that may become involved when the dogs are legally and permanently released to HCR and can be transferred to other groups. Please consider volunteering to foster or assist in transport runs for these dogs . . . there is still so much work to be done and YOU can have a part in making a difference!
The CRF had a representative (who also happens to be a veterinarian) on site within 36 hours of the seizure and we were happy to offer the small amount of physical assistance that we could. This is what we do on a smaller scale every time a rescue is faced with care costs beyond routine maintenance of their charges.
The dogs, for the most part are all very thin (on a scale of 1 to 9, most are 2 and 3). Many have skin issues that (most likely) are from flea infestation, some may have demodectic mange and heartworm disease but the testing had not been performed when this article was written. A very few of the dogs were of adequate weight (body condition of 4/9).
One comment that was overheard more than once during the intake processing of these dogs was that the Collie people really rally behind their breed.
At the time this article was written, 2 litters of puppies were whelped. A litter of 13 puppies (3 tri girls, 3 sable girls, 5 tri boys, 2 sable boys . . . roughs and smooths) was delivered by the CRF volunteer vet. Another litter of 10 was whelped on the evening of September 2 (7 tricolors and 3 sables, unknown sexes), bringing the total count of Collies in this rescue to 120. There is one other obviously pregnant bitch due to whelp soon. The number keeps growing! (update: 136 collies at publication).
Thank you all for your extreme generosity during this huge rescue situation. One comment that was overheard more than once during the intake processing of these dogs was that the Collie people really rally behind their breed. The CCA and CRF have designated $10,000 and $5,000, respectively, to help HCR get started with this effort. CRF is committed to continue assisting with these Collies as time goes by and new problems arise.
I think that the huge outpouring of aid during this nightmarish episode in Collie history has made it more than clear that . . .
All Collies Belong to You and Me!
Editors note: If you would like to help these collies
please contact Houston Collie Rescue directly at:
The Collie Line: 281-479-2167
Vickey Willard 281-564-6852