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Dogs up for adoption will be walking at Bark for Life

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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 7:38 am

If you need a partner for Bark for Life, planned for Saturday, Nov. 12, local shelters and foster programs can help you find one.

PUPS and Animal Friends of Bellville will be bringing a few furry friends that will be walked by volunteers in the cancer benefit to show off pups who need a home.

Bark for Life is a way to unit man and his best friend, all while fighting cancer.

The event is planned for this Saturday at Levine Park, in Sealy, located on Main Street. The fun starts at 8 a.m.

Lindsey Chase, lymphoma survivor, will serve as grand marshal for Bark for Life.

“Having cancer as a teenager was such an isolating experience, but Bailey helped ease the loneliness,” she said of her almost 5-year old Yorkie. “When I lost my hair or couldn’t get out of bed, Bailey was right there beside me,” she said.

Animal Friends is a no-kill shelter that has about 50 dogs.  All the animals are regularly checked and treated for heartworms and fleas. The shelter will never turn a dog away, whether it is sick or being returned by owners.

“We go farther than a lot of people will,” said Gemey Isenhower.

Isenhower and other volunteers will have a booth selling dog toys, bandanas and doing toenail clippings. She also plans to bring at least two dogs.

Melissa is an energetic pit bull about 3-4 years old who was found by a lady on the corner of Kirkendall and Mill Creek. She had heartworms that were taken care of by the shelter. Melissa is good with cats and other dogs and has been house broken.

Jenny, who was abandoned with 10 other puppies, is a young back mouth cur. Curs are traditionally used for hunting, but they are good with children and make loyal family pets, Isenhower said.

Jenny has also been through obedience class. The class is free for any dog adopted from Animal Friends.

PUPS focuses on spay/neuter financial assistance. The group has helped pay for more than 7,300 dogs and cats, said Cheryl Mellenthin in an email. The group, including Mellenthin and her husband, also fosters animals. They will be bringing Zeke and Amos, two Schnauzer males, and Grace, a black and white mix.

PUPS also brings animals to the Petco on Mason Road in Katy on Saturdays.

Becky Jones, chairman of Bark for Life as well as Relay for Life, emphasized the importance of dogs in their owner’s lives and said Bark for Life is designed to honor the care-giving qualities of dogs.

“There are all kinds of dogs,” said Jones. “Guard dogs, herding dogs, police dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs and the typical family dog. They are all good companions.”

For a $25 registration fee, participants will receive a T-shirt and their dog will receive a BFL bandanna.  Participants may register on site or by calling Becky Jones at (713) 906-2425 or (979) 885-6908 or by emailing austincobfl@gmail.com.

Pictures and information on other animals available are listed on the groups’ respective websites: www.pupsofcatspring.com and www.animalfriendsshelter.org.

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