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Our Weekend Adoption Center – A Magical Place

Not convinced about volunteering and helping out at your local shelter or rescue?  Please read this story shared by Larry from Blue Moon Cat Sanctuary and you’ll see part of the reason that makes rescues and shelters such a magical places!

“There is one more very important point I would like to make regarding the ‘Passion’  behind what we do here.  For many years we celebrated the number of adoptions we had.  We looked forward to filing the new vacancies with more surrendered cats and kittens.  This was always a measure of our success.
Then it occurred to us one day what was really being accomplished.

During one of our in-store adoption events at the Fayetteville Arkansas Petco Store, a young family entered the store. That Saturday afternoon was obscure and uneventful until the young girl and her parents approached us. The youngster quietly asked if she could hold one of our kittens. Her parents, standing behind her, looked at us and nodded with approval.

We opened the cage door and gently handed the young girl a 12 week old kitten.  It may have been the very first time she had actually held a live, breathing and moving animal.  We watched as her small hands trembled with some uncertainty.  Her shy and somewhat frightened look gradually turned to an innocent but pleasant smile.  She looked to her parents for approval.  They returned the smile and a few minutes later adopted the young kitten.

It was not until that Saturday afternoon several years ago that we realized we were doing so much more than saving lives and finding homes for unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens.  We were playing a role, along with their parents, in teaching children some of the most important values they will carry with them all their lives.  We are taking part in teaching compassion, responsibility, and a love for all of God’s precious creatures.  Sure, we just ‘had another adoption.’
But what did we really accomplish?
We are also impacting families, changing lives, touching the hearts and minds of children and giving them the positive values they will carry with them their entire life.”

BECKETT new family

Beckett with his new family

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The K-9 Angels Rescue Adoption Center is located in the West University Place neighborhood of Houston, TX at 5533 Weslayan.
We’re next door to Chuck-E-Cheese’s and directly across the parking lot from Spec’s and Ross.

Our special Christmas week Holiday Hours are:

12/22/16 – Thursday ->  Noon – 8 pm
12/23/16 – Friday ->  Noon – 8 pm
12/24/16 Christmas Eve ->  10 am – 2 pm

Come meet Claus, Gavin, Rooter, Fig, Fila, Tate, Amity,
Boo Radley, Hermey, Mezzanote, Brooke,
Chunk, Holly and Joy
among all of our adoptables!

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What an Amazing Adoption Count this past Weekend!

Adrienne Balfour Huertas's photo.

“I am so thankful to all the FOSTER HOMES who clean up, transport, love and train our dogs so we can have weekends like this.

These adoptions are Harris County Veterinary Public Health Division dogs, who, mostly, had run out of time in the shelter.
(Editor’s note: When a dog runs out of time it is killed by shelter staff. )

If you’d like to become a foster for K-9 Angels Rescue – Houston, TX please send me a message.”

Mary Tipton
Co-founder and Intake Coordinator

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2015 Homes For Dogs National Pet Adoption Weekend

WHERE:  K-9 Angels Adoption Center – 5533 Weslayan  Houston, TX 77005   [map link]
WHEN:    Saturday and Sunday August 1st and 2nd  2015
TIME:      Sat  9am – 2pm CT     Sun 11am – 3:30pm CT
REGISTRATION:   no registration necessary

K-9 Angels Rescue is teaming up with Coldwell Banker Real Estate and, North America’s largest non-profit pet adoption web site, on August 1st and 2nd for the first-ever Homes for Dogs National Pet Adoption Weekend.
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This nationwide event is part of the “Homes for Dogs Project,” a national campaign hosted by and Coldwell Banker, which aims to find homes for 20,000 adoptable dogs in 2015.  To help reach this goal, shelters and rescue groups in the network, along with local Coldwell Banker® offices across the United States, are joining forces for one of the largest adoption events of the year.
K-9 Angels Rescue will be hosting its event on Saturday, August 1st from 10am to 6pm CT and Sunday, August 2nd from 11am to 3:30pm CT at 5533 Weslayan, Houston TX 77005.
“We couldn’t be more excited to take part in this national movement to find homes for dogs,” said Christine Morgan, Director – Adoption Coordinator at K-9 Angels Rescue.  “We know this nationwide event will help draw attention to the thousands of dogs in need of homes and truly make an impact on the Houston community.”
“With more than 43 million U.S. households having dogs, there is no question that our pets go hand-in-hand with our love of home,” said Sean Blankenship, chief marketing officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.  “We are proud to partner with on this inspiring campaign.”
Coldwell Banker launched the “Homes for Dogs Project” earlier this year with the brand’s national television commercial, “Home’s Best Friend,” which aired on the 87th Academy Awards on February 22, 2015.
For information about how you can get involved with the Homes for National Pet Adoption Weekend, please visit

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5533 Weslayan St  Houston TX 77005
(next to Chuck-e-Cheese)

Open to the Public EVERY weekend!

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Weekend Adoption Hours
Saturdays 10am to 6pm
Sundays 11am to 3:30pm

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Important ADOPTION CENTER Volunteering Changes!

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1. As you may have read via our Facebook page (
our weekend Adoption Center is now located at 5533 Weslayan St, in the Weslayan Plaza next to Chuck E Cheese.  All shifts will take place here – volunteers must sign in on the sheet and check in with the team lead when you arrive.

2. The time changes we are making for two Sunday shifts are now effective. Sunday shifts will be 7:30-10, 10-1, and 1-4.  We will try to remind everyone when they sign up. See the live schedule on our Volunteer page of the K-9 Angels Rescue website.

3. Our Center is too small for walk-in volunteers.  If you are not a current L1 or L2 volunteer, please register online if you’d like to join the fun!

Here’s to a great time at the new weekend Adoption Center!
Thank you volunteers!

Brian & Natalie

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If you are interested only in fostering a K-9 Angels dog through the week (from Sunday evening-Saturday morning), please contact

We do not share your contact information or any responses outside the organization.
Please contact with any questions or concerns about how your information will be handled.

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2014 End of Year Message from K-9AR Board President

2014 was an amazing year for K-9 Angels Rescue.  We flourished in our Adoption Center at 2125 W. Alabama.  Because of the fantastic volunteer crew that we have established, K-9AR saved 714 dogs from high kill shelters this year!  That is 202 more dogs than we saved in 2013!!  Since we started K-9AR in Feb 2012 we have rescued and found good homes for 1576 dogs.  That is pretty cool.

We had three super fundraisers in 2014 thanks to a great fundraising team.  We started with our Spring Fundraiser at Cottonwood which raised almost $17k and set the bar for fundraising events compared to past efforts.  Then we had the Best Friends Animal Society “Strut Your Mutt” fundraiser.  K-9AR raised nearly $70k and was the third highest fundraising team in the country, earning us another $2,500.00 from Best Friends!!  This was totally because of the dedication of our volunteers.  Then we finished off with the really fun Karbachs Brewing event which raised $30k.  So what are we going to do with the $$?

Well, as most of you know, we unfortunately had to vacate the W. Alabama Adoption Center due to early progress on its commercial development project.  Our current Adoption Center at 2409 Montrose is not ideal but gives us a couple of months of breathing room.  We are still actively looking for a more permanent solution (either a donated spot for a year to 18 months or an affordable lease in a decent location for that period of time).  But the hypercritical Houston real estate market is very challenging.  Concurrently, the Board has approved moving forward on building a permanent AC / Kennel / Quarantine facility on an acre of property that Mary Tipton and I own in Old Spring Branch.  While this is only in concept stage we hope to rapidly progress moving forward on building a state of the art permanent facility.  Additionally, as we increase rescues, the expenses of handling more dogs continues to go up so we are always looking to keep our head above water financially.  And finally, we continue to progress efforts to raise awareness of Spay & Neuter and responsible dog ownership in our Houston Neighborhoods.

I hope everyone of you has taken great satisfaction in the lives you have saved, the friends you have found and the difference you have made for Houston in general, and individual families who have adopted our dogs in particular.  We are looking forward to working with all of you towards another very successful, challenging and amazing year in 2015!

Randal Kissling

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10 Reasons Why Adopting A Rescue Dog Is Awesome

1. You will save a life. 2.7 million dogs are euthanized in shelters each year. 

(Reddit: Skyote)

2. Rescue dogs can make incredible transformations when they are adopted into loving homes. 

(Reddit: Binarium)

3. Most rescue dogs are relinquished for reasons that have nothing to do with behavioral problems, and they are generally quite loving and gentle. 

(Reddit: CzechThisOut)

4. When you rescue a canine, you’ll never want for cuddles.

(Reddit: piratesgoyarr)

5. If you adopt a dog, you’ll be giving him the gift of new adventures and exploration.

(Reddit: irr1449)

6. Your other animals might actually be grateful to have a new pal, as shelter dogs often get quite a bit of socialization before they’re adopted.

(Reddit: chikachikabow)

7. Every dog has an amazing personality all his own.

(Reddit: corbantd)

8. Dogs at shelters come in all shapes and sizes!

(Reddit: holymolym)

9. Choosing rescue dogs means that you won’t be supporting inhumane puppy mills

(Reddit: rmkensington)

10. When you adopt a rescue dog, you’ve got a best friend for life.

(Reddit: logically)

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