How to help big dogs with big dreams of finding a home in the Houston area

HOUSTON – Everyone knows that everything is bigger in Texas, and dogs are no exception. Sadly, larger pups tend to spend more time in shelters and are being killed in disproportionate numbers to other shelter animals every year because they’re unable to find a home. Best Friends Animal Society Senior Program Manager Kerry McKeel shares what their organization and others can do to help.

“Best Friends Animal Society has teamed up with local Houston municipal animal shelters to launch the ‘Texas Big Dog’ campaign to coincide with National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month this October," said McKeel.

To kick off the campaign, dog lover and KPRC 2′s very own Lisa Hernandez participated in a virtual adoption event with Best Friends Animal Society to help raise awareness for this need in the Greater Houston Area.

KPRC 2's Lisa Hernandez helped kick off the "Texas Big Dog" campaign on Oct. 1 with a virtual adoption event. (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

“We’re really just trying to encourage the Houston community to step up and to specifically adopt or foster dogs that are 40 pounds and over,” said McKeel.

A major contributing factor to this issue stems from common misconceptions about large dog breeds. The “Texas Big Dog” campaign also aims to debunk some of these canine myths.

“People think that they need to have a big yard or a big space for a big dog, and that’s just simply not the case,” said McKeel. “We foster big dogs, and most of the big dogs we bring into our home are actually much more gentle and quiet than the small dogs that we have."


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