March 01, 2022
A Texas Sized Problem | Dog Edition #50

Dog Edition takes you on an investigative journey to better understand how Houston’s animal population has gotten so out of control, and what can be done to remedy the situation.


If you live in North America, you probably know someone with a dog from Texas- they show up in shelters and rescues in all corners of the continent. It’s always heart-warming when a dog finds their forever home, but with this constant influx of Texas dogs, we got to wondering, what exactly is going on over there?

The Houston area has an ever-expanding issue with their dog population; even with the tireless efforts of organizations that transport dogs to other parts of the US and Canada, there are still far too many in the Houston area to shelter. On this Episode of Dog Edition, we will hear from people who are working to turn things around for dogs in The Lone Star State.

If you’d like to show your support for dogs in Texas, you can help tackle the root of the problem by making contribution to the Empty Shelter Project: https://www.theemptyshelterproject.org/donate

Check out this video to see an Empty Shelter Project event in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLeUySAiCII

About Mary Tipton:

Mary Tipton is the Co-Founder of K-9 Angels Rescue and The Empty Shelter Project. K-9 Angels is an all-breed, non-profit 501(c)(3), canine rescue organization established in February 2012. As of December 31, 2021 K-9 Angels has rescued and rehomed over 8896 dogs and 500 cats. The Empty Shelter Project was started in 2017 by K-9 Angels Rescue. TESP is committed to decreasing the pet overpopulation problem by providing FREE spay/neuter and vaccination services to underserved neighborhoods in the greater Harris County area. TESP performs large scale events quarterly, spaying/neutering, vaccinating and microchipping 300+ owned dogs and cats in one day. Since 12/21, the TESP has spayed/neutered and vaccinated over 8000 cats and dogs – all free to their owners.

Website: http://www.k-9angelsrescue.org/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/k9angelsrescuehouston/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/k9angelsrescue

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/k9angelsrescue

About Shelby Roquemore:

Shelby Roquemore is a vocal member of the Houston area’s animal rescue community. She started the Houston and Harris County Animal Volunteers page in 2016 and has worked with the county to make improvements to the county animal shelter. She believes that the ultimate path forward for managing Houston’s animal population is through legislation that allows large-scale spay and neuter programs to operate with consistency on government funding. Shelby urges all members of the animal rescue community in Houston and Harris County to start speaking up where it matters most- call your representatives, attend City Council Meetings, speak at the County Commissioner’s Court, and build connections with the people who make the budget.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/houstonandharriscountyanimalvolunteers/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/htxvolunteers/?hl=en

About Syl Lopez and Aleisha Medley:

Crewmembers with the Houston H4M Street Team. Our #1 mission is to spay/neuter owned pets to help reduce the stray overpopulation in Houston.

Website: https://www.houstonhuts4mutts.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/houstonhuts4mutts/

TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/TTPdBbv87e/

About Ethan Michelle Ganz

My name is Ethan Michelle Ganz and I am an advocate, activist, and community organizer from Houston, Texas. I have worked with individuals, non-profits, and elected officials to advocate for the voiceless and the voices that are not being heard. We all have a part to play to make the world a better place, and I just want to do my part. Thank you for listening and caring about the dogs in Texas.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GanzForC

Instagram: https://www.intagram.com/ethan_michelle_ganz

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