In 2003, a group of Texas 4th graders and their teacher Diane Trull heard about a litter of puppies that couldn’t find a home and were inspired to help.
They couldn’t stand to see animals get euthanized, so they decided to start a no-kill shelter called DAWGS n Texas.
It was the first animal shelter in the country to be founded and run by elementary school kids. Incredible, right?
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Its time we speak about the amount of media coverage we’ve received as of late. You would think that we would be flooded with donations and while we are incredibly thankful for the exposure and the reach the reality is that we have instead been flooded with dogs being dropped off and surrendered. Dogs like this baby named "Charlie". We have a handful of people that always stand up and bridge the gaps for us; there are no words to express our gratitude for those tremendous people. But with the recent broad media exposure we have received, we are hoping that those folks will see Charlie, hear our need for help, and help us to build our "bridge" a little wider. We rarely ask for donations in this way, but we need your help more than ever. Please, if you can spare a few dollars to help dogs like Charlie click the link in our bio to donate. You can also go directly to our PayPal [email protected]. We appreciate any and all donations. 💚💙💚💙 #dawgsntexas #nonprofit #donor #donate #dogsofinstagram #dogs #rescue #adoption #foster #fostering #animals #cats #cause #5013c #change #dogood #donation #makeadifference #makeachange #donatenow #donatetoday #donors #doglover #catlover #animalrescue #shelter #animalshelter #dogshelter #fundraise
Despite their limited resources, they came up with a recycling plan that produced enough revenue to fund the shelter.
The first few months were challenging because they had no electricity and limited access to water. However, they persevered and turned DAWGS n Texas into a thriving nonprofit that’s helped countless animals.
Seventeen years later, it’s still open and has found loving homes for over 20,000 neglected pets.
Many of the students say that volunteering at DAWGS shaped them into who they are and gave them a love of helping others.
Some of the original students even volunteer there today alongside their favorite teacher Ms. Trull.
If you want to support the amazing work that they do, you can make a donation on their website.
And even if you’re not an elementary student, you can volunteer to care for the animals or help with fundraising events.
Address: Co Rd 38, Dalhart, TX 79022