Tracy Voss regularly visits the Animal Care Services kennels located at the Brooks City-Base in San Antonio. Voss is the founder of Tracy’s Dogs, an organization that records videos of dogs hidden away at the secluded Brooks facility or at the main ACS facility with 72 hours or less left to live. They and share the videos online so they dogs can be seen and rescued or adopted. Since the Tracy’s Dogs website launched in July, 775 of the dogs posted on the site have been adopted, rescued or returned to their owners. Volunteers have transported dogs across the country and even to Canada to save them from an untimely death at ACS.
On Dec. 27, Voss noticed something strange in the Brooks Southside Auxiliary Kennels. There were four young and friendly Labradors in good condition impounded – their kennel cards said they had been confiscated by police, all from the same San Antonio address. All were set to be euthanized on Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Voss learned that their owner had been arrested and was unable to make alternate arrangements for the pets. She posted videos of the two yellow and two black labs on her site, but no one stepped forward to take them in. Then Voss had an idea: not long ago Tracy’s Dogs sent a yellow lab set to die in San Antonio to a rescue group in San Diego called Labradors and Friends. The throwaway San Antonio dog received more than 50 adoption applications in sunny San Diego, and was quickly placed into a responsible and loving home. Would it work again?
Luckily, the answer was yes! Though Labradors and Friends focuses primarily on rescuing labs in Southern California, it seems the demand for labs is greater than they are able to meet, and the group was happy to help alleviate this “problem” by taking in a few dogs from San Antonio. In fact, as soon as they decided they would be able to take on the Jail Birds, they also agreed to take in a black lab left behind following Animal Friends Humane Society’s eviction, and a yellow lab that Voices for Animals has been unable to place locally. All in all, they’ve agreed to take in six adult labs, and are considering adding a few lab puppies from ACS to the mix!
A Tracy’s Dogs volunteer is set to pick up the Jail Birds from ACS tomorrow. The dogs will spend two to three weeks in foster homes to ensure they do not have any communicable illnesses, and then volunteers will rent a vehicle to drive them 1,300 miles to the California coast.
What can you do to help? Tracy’s Dogs needs volunteers to help foster the ACS labs until they are ready to leave, and the organization hopes to raise $2,500 to make the transport project possible. You can donate funds online at http://tracysdogs.chipin.com/save-a-lab-california-here-they-come. If you are interested in volunteering as a transport driver for Tracy’s Dogs, contact Tracy Voss at firstname.lastname@example.org.