The Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project has done a lot of great things for animals in the Houston area who are in need of help. They are known for capturing strays who do not have a forever home to call their own and providing them with the necessary care. When the amount of strays has grown to an untenable point, The Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project steps in and offers a no kill, non profit shelter for them to reside in.
They offer love, food, care and the potential of finding a home. For all of the work that they have done in the past, it was one particular photo that went viral, shedding additional light on the great work that they do on such a consistent basis.
One of their volunteers was out and about one day, when they saw a stray dog, sprawled out in public, with nothing but an old toy to clutch onto for comfort. The photo that she snapped ended up serving as a physical representation of the struggle that animals were going through in the Houston streets. The Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project had a full van when they first saw the pup, so they decided to come back for the slumbering pup later on.
When the rescue team returned, they ran into an 89 year old man, whose name is Calvin. According to Calvin, the sleeping stray belonged to him, but the animal had developed a propensity for running away from home on a regular basis. Calvin went on to tell them that he dedicated a great deal of his time to caring for as many strays as he could.
The volunteers let Calvin know that they would help to neuter the animals and defray his vet costs. With the help of good people like Calvin, The Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project is doing everything that they can to make the city’s homeless animal problem a thing of the past.
It is our most sincere hope that the sleeping stray from the photograph was returned to Calvin in a timely manner. It is wonderful to know that there are people out there working tirelessly to ensure that all dogs have a home to go to at the end of the day. Please share this story, so that we can raise awareness about this terrible homelessness epidemic.