Unity for a Solution: Three local animal rescues join forces for change

Stray dogs spotted near Dallas and Woodleigh in east Houston. The organizations that are part of Unity for a Solution say this is a common sight in some parts of the city because of overpopulation and the lack of affordable spay and neuter options. (Facebook.com/UnityForASolution)

January 26, 2013 8:16:01 AM PST
Three local animal welfare organizations have joined forces to address animal overpopulation and improve conditions for homeless and unwanted animals in Houston.

The joint effort is called "Unity for a Solution" and brings together Barrio Dogs Inc., Corridor Rescue, Inc. and Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project.

All three organizations are not-for-profit. They said they feel like they won't be able to adopt or rescue themselves out of this problem in Houston, but they may be able to accomplish more by working together and focusing on the source of the overpopulation.

They are working with elected officials and the city of Houston to bring more low-cost or free spay and neuter services to the areas in Houston they say are hardest hit by animal overpopulation.

"We work so hard to spay and neuter animals and educate residents in our community but the problem only seems to be getting worse," Gloria Medina-Zenteno, Barrio Dogs founder and president, said.

The group is also working to raise public awareness in the communities they serve about proper animal care and the importance of spaying and neutering pets, relying heavily on social media to spread the word about their efforts.

"It is only by working together and involving the city of Houston that we can hope to finally see fewer suffering animals on Houston's streets," Medina-Zenteno said.

According to BARC, Houston's animal control agency and shelter, there are 1.2 million homeless animals on Houston's streets.

"The fact that three of the strongest rescue forces in Houston are banding together is surely indicative of the enormity of animal overpopulation in Houston," said Deborah Hoffman, president and founder of Corridor Rescue. "Alone we cannot bear the burden and we are thrilled about coming together to build awareness about the problem and how important spay and neuter is."

"Collaboration, involvement and unity with each other and with the residents of our community are crucial in our efforts to create change," Kelle Mann Davis, founder of Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project, said.

For more information about Unity for a Solution, you can visit their website or Facebook page, or follow them on Twitter.

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