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Fire Destroys Animal Shelter

Posted on July 27 2016

Fire Destroys Animal Shelter
I could not believe what I was hearing on the news. Our animal shelter had burned down and many animals died! Our community was devastated. The Humane Society of Southeast Texas is near and dear to my heart. It is the "go to place" whenever a pet is missing, your child or family needs a sweet addition to the family, or animals are left to die or have to be removed from terrible lives. My son's first dog and later a companion for the first, were adopted.

Here is their story:
On the night of March 15, 2016, an electrical fire destroyed our shelter. First responders battled the fire for three hours while volunteers, board members, and staff watched, helpless to save the animals inside. Ultimately, the fire took the lives of 74 of our dogs. Eleven dogs and all of our cats survived.

The cats went into foster care that night. The eleven surviving dogs spent weeks in the clinic, recovering from smoke inhalation before being placed into foster homes while we worked on plans for moving forward.

We are now working out of several temporary buildings which sit in front of the remaining shell of our former shelter. The damage is too drastic to repair: the safety of the structure has been compromised by the fire, the insulation is gone, and the entire electrical system is ruined. This, combined with all the pre-existing issues inherent in a 45 year-old structure used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, has put us in a situation where it is more costly to renovate than begin anew.

Since the fire, we have received an amazing display of support from across the country. This truly humbling show of community has given us the means to establish a temporary solution as we pull together a campaign to fund a new facility that will see our organization through the next fifty years.

It is our wish to honor the animals we lost and the work we do for other abandoned animals by moving forward. Last year, outstanding volunteer and donor support allowed us to achieve record breaking adoption numbers and lower our euthanasia rates to qualify as a no-kill shelter under the Ahimsa standard. The service we provide to the community, both people and animals, is unequaled in Southeast Texas but we cannot move forward without your support.

Many people have stepped up. They have a place to rebuild and concrete is already being laid. Please support this cause by visiting


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