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Animal Attraction: Breed Rescue of the Year

Animal Attraction: Breed Rescue of the Year

by Stacy Fox

khou.com

Posted on February 17, 2010 at 6:21 AM

Serving the greater Houston area since 1988, Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas has been recognized as Breed Rescue of the Year by PEDIGREE® Brand Foods.  Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas proudly accepts this recognition and vows to continue helping as many Cocker Spaniels as possible.  They'd also like to thank the American Spaniel Club who nominated them for this award.

Two of the original volunteers and founders, Sharon Elliott and Judi Fetters, will attend the annual PEDIGREE® Brand Awards Dinner in New York City the evening of February 13, 2010 to accept the award.  PEDIGREE® Brand partners with the Westminster Kennel Club to execute an awards program recognizing individuals, organizations and shelter/rescue groups that lend a hand to help homeless dogs in their area.

In 1988 Sharon Elliott, a Cocker Spaniel enthusiast, was called on to assist in a raid of a backyard breeder. Sharon, horrified by what she saw, became determined to assist Cocker Spaniels who were abandoned and helpless. The operation started small with two volunteers placing a dozen dogs a year. Within ten years this noble effort attracted a core of volunteers who re-homed a hundred plus dogs a year. In the late 1990’s Cocker Spaniel Rescue established an internet presence with a website, www.cockerkids.org. Visitors to the website witness the heartbreaking and heartwarming stories of rescue. While the website helped recruit volunteers and donations, the number of Cocker Spaniels in need increased dramatically.

Today Cocker Spaniel Rescue serves the greater Houston area with foster homes stretching from Conroe south to Lake Jackson, west to Katy and as far east as Deer Park. Their primary service area encompasses 5,544 square miles which is bigger than the states of Rhode Island, Delaware and Connecticut. There are 5.4 million residents – a population bigger than 30 states! Their dedicated volunteers have rescued, rehabilitated and re-homed thousands of Cocker Spaniels over the last twenty years. In 2009 they were contacted about hundreds of Cocker Spaniels in need and re-homed 300.

Dedicated volunteers are the heart of Cocker Spaniel Rescue. Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas does not operate a shelter and has no paid employees. Currently they have about 40 volunteers and 30 foster homes. Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas also extends their thanks to those who “volunteer” money. These donations enable them to provide veterinary care and board dogs
when foster homes can’t be found.

For more information on Cocker Spaniel Rescue of East Texas and their life-saving efforts, visit http://www.cockerkids.org.

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