Pets Find Hope In SFA Students

Shelter Pets Find Refuge in SFA Students

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Wednesday April 19th, 2017

By: Bishop Johnson

Stephen F. Austin students have become a second hope for many of the pets at the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter. Due to the high amount of lost or abandoned pets in Nacogdoches county, the local animal shelter has found it rather difficult to find a home for every pet that they receive, often leading to many pets being put down. According to the ASPCA, nearly 6.5 million pets enter a shelter every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.

Statistics positively highlight that the number of dogs and cats entering U.S. shelters annually has declined from approximately 7.2 million in 2011.  The biggest decline was in dogs (from 3.9 million to 3.3 million). Pets are often re homed or taken to an animal shelter for many reasons, predominantly due to “pet problems” such as growing too large, aggressive behavior or the cost of owning a pet which many find later that they cant afford.

While these numbers show progress, it still leaves 6.5 million pets who find themselves being abandoned by their owners or are rescued. One major contributing factor to the decrease in homeless pets are the students here at Stephen F. Austin, who often volunteer at the local shelter and often adopt as well. Offering to offset the cost of spaying and neutering, the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter has made it affordable to bring a furry friend home.


Clear The Shelter

Starting this Saturday, April 22nd from 11-3 p.m. , the Animal Shelter will be hosting a “Clear The Shelter” event in efforts to find new homes for the pets in the facility. One way you can help the animals, and reduce the euthanasia rate in the shelter is by fostering a dog or cat who has been surrendered or found by the Nacogdoches Animal Shelter. A positive home environment will help the animals with socialization, confidence and become more adoptable. Fostering is also an alternative option that very rewarding and challenging. “All foster animals receive their parvo, distemper, and bordatella vaccinations, prior to being placed in a foster home”.

We spoke to Stephen F. Austin Student Brady Arnold for comment on his recent adoption of his furry friend Charlie.  “Charlie has made my life so much better, he truly is mans best friend,” said Arnold, “I highly encourage everyone to adopt aa pet form the shelter and save a life”. Mr. Arnold adopted Charlie 6 months ago from the shelter and is one of many students here at SFA who have given hope and a second chance at life to the animals up for adoption.

Recently Rescued & Still up for Adoption


Dog, “Jimmy”, Nacogdoches Animal Shelter, April 16th 2017

Dogs such as “Jimmy” a Pitbull Terrier are still up for adoption at the Shelter and are looking for a forever home. While many of the pets won’t be adopted, by spreading awareness and increasing online traffic to websites such, dogs like Jimmy have a higher success rate at finding that special place in someones heart.

Life After Adoption


Georgia (left) & Shiner (right), April 16th 2017, Home of Will Lorenz

We were able to locate an SFA student who adopted two dogs together from the animal shelter that had formed a special bond while sharing a kennel. Unable to break apart the inseparable doggie duo, student Will Lorenz made the commitment to bring the pups into his home as a pair. They now spend a typical day running around, taking long naps on the couch together and often enjoy treats such as pig ears and cattle bones. “I didn’t save the dogs, the dogs saved me,” said Will Lorenz. “Adopting was the best decision I have ever made and I encourage everyone to do the same.” This is Bishop Johnson Reporting with



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