SANTA FE, Texas -- The pens at Dog Dynasty in Santa Fe mean safety for more than 30 dogs. The cages are a promise the dogs won't be put down. But that promise ends Saturday when owner Sonya Childs has to close the shelter. She's on a mission to find the dogs homes before then.
Walking through the cages every day for more than a year, Sonya Childs has learned every name. "That's Romeo," she pauses to give one a scratch.
She's learned every face and personality.
"Got a lot of energy, wants to go, wants to do stuff," said Childs, pointing out Safari. She knows them all and now she can't imagine turning her back on them.
"We've got to close the doors, just can't keep them open," said Childs.
Sonya tried to save Dog Dynasty when its last owners had to walk away. They'd started it as a temporary no-kill shelter but the dogs added up, staying longer and longer, without the money to care for them.
"It's all on donations," said Childs. "They just run low all the time."
About 30 dogs are still at the shelter.
"I'm very scared for them because I want them to go to good homes," said volunteer Tammy Strahan.
No one wants to see them go to other shelters where they could be euthanized, so they're making a last push to bring in folks ready to adopt, like Joshua Torres.
"I feel like all dogs should have homes and since they're pit bulls all they're gonna do is put them to sleep and that's real sad, so I don't want to see that happen," said Torres.
He put the papers in Tuesday to bring home one female pit bull mix for free.
Now Childs is asking anyone else with space to spare to bring home a new friend of your own.
"These are good dogs, they really are and they just need a place to go and family to love them and they will be so grateful," said Childs.
Dog Dynasty is waiving all adoption fees now, so you can take one home already checked out by the vet, for free.
Childs says if they can get the numbers down to just a few left at the end of the week, they say they will keep working to find homes for those that remain.
You can email Sonya Childs at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit their website for information on how to adopt. The shelter is located at 10515 FM 1764 Road in Santa Fe. You can also check out their Facebook page here.
The dogs will also be available for adoption this weekend at the Petsmart store in Pearland from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The store is located at 3119 Silverlake Village Dr.