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Corridor Rescue Provides Care and New Lives for Houston’s Forgotten Dogs

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Photo Credit: Corridor Rescue

Houston, Texas has been known for its astounding homeless dog rate and the influx of animals in the Texas shelter system.

As a city, it’s an epidemic.

In the underbelly of Houston lies an area dubbed the “Corridor of Cruelty” by locals who are familiar with the reality of this neighborhood in Houston, near Little York and US 59 Freeway.

The Corridor of Cruelty is an area where dogs are either abandoned, literally dumped on the road by owners who can no longer care for them or are a product of the never-ending cycle of the spay/neuter crisis.

The health of these dogs is the most extreme of conditions: ranging from heartworm, distemper, parvo, wounds from animal attacks, among other deteriorating health conditions. There are always pregnant females on the verge of giving birth on the cruel streets.

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Photo credit: Corridor Rescue

There is an army of volunteers, nestled in the heart of Houston, who run Corridor Rescue, a completely volunteer-based rescue that does the heart-wrenching dirty work most animal advocates have a hard time facing.

They drive to the Corridor every single day and provide food and water for dogs and cats on the Corridor streets. If funding is available and foster or kennel space is open, they will pull the dogs with the most urgent medical needs from the streets to begin immediate medical care and rehabilitation.

For any given month, Corridor Rescue spends approximately $8,000 in medical expenses, with costs not only associated with immediate emergency care, but with food and general medications they supply for daily feedings and routine health care.

In 2017, their most extreme medical cases included eye removals, gunshot wounds, multiple amputations, and numerous injuries due to car collisions, some of which were likely intentional.

This past month, Corridor was forced to close intake due to an outbreak of Parvo at one of their rescue transfer partner’s shelter facility in Massachusetts.

Corridor Rescue routinely partners with this rescue, sending puppies found on the Corridor streets to ready & waiting adopters in the northern state.

Because of the outbreak, the receiving rescue was forced to put upcoming transfers on hold.

This left many puppies who were scheduled to transport waiting at Corridor’s kennel facility for much longer than initially anticipated.

The pending transfer hold forced the shelter intake to shutter until at least September, with the kennel facility suddenly full.

Within 24 hours of making this decision, the kennel staff was greeted with a surprise litter of puppies locked in a crate, dumped outside their front door, the next morning.

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“This was not the first time a dog was dumped outside our door, even though we do not publicize our kennel’s address,” says Board Chairman Beth Lovell.

The unfortunate reality of the situation in Houston is that dogs are dumped every day.

Emergencies continue to present themselves. We cannot simply rescue our way out of this crisis.”

Organizations like Corridor Rescue can’t just look the other way when dogs are dumped at their door.

While they consciously made the tough decision to close intake from the streets for a short period of time, surprises like a door dump of puppies is nothing unusual for rescues in Texas.

Typically, from April through September, as temperatures rise passed 100 degrees in Houston, pets are abandoned or dumped at local shelters as a last attempt to rid themselves of an unwanted pet.

In April, the Corridor team found a Shih Tzu mix wandering in a trucking yard in the Corridor. He was covered in matted hair to the point where he was forced to urinate on himself. The Corridor Rescue team spent over an hour shaving off the large mats of urine-soaked fur.

The poor little guy, who was named Rumor, unfortunately, suffered further setbacks when his eyes had to be removed and when it was discovered that he had a heart murmur.

After the Houston Chronicle ran his story and getting picked up by national outlets, a family in Georgia immediately applied to adopt him. Once approved, they drove to Houston to meet him and formally adopt him as their own.

Rumor Before & After:

The team of volunteers at Corridor Rescue are unique. Every day their Street Team drives out to a part of Houston, an area most residents avoid, and bring life to the dogs who are a product of an overwhelming overpopulation issue.

These people sacrifice their time, energy and endure the emotional heartache each day to give hope, health and new homes to Houston’s forgotten.

If you want to contribute to Corridor’s life-saving work, please consider fostering, adopting or donating to directly.

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A midwesterner disguised as an Austinite. Freelance writer and content strategist.

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