Wilma was one of 93 animals saved from a horrific puppy mill in February of 2010 thanks to former KHOU reporter Brad Woodard’s original investigation. Our R.A.I.D.E.R. Animal Cruelty Investigators worked with local authorities in Panola County to investigate. Until a warrant was served, the woman refused to allow officers to conduct a welfare check on the animals. Once inside, the officers found 87 canines and six kittens living in severe filth. All Animals were kept in overcrowded, dank, dismal conditions. It was obvious the dogs were neglected, malnourished and abused. All 93 animals were immediately transported back to the HHS Animal Wellness Clinic for observation and care from our staff of medical professionals, and the owner was charged with animal cruelty and neglect.
Wilma now serves as the Executive, Executive Director. Her duties include overseeing the staff at HHS, attending board meetings, and greeting visitors at the shelter. She also enjoys visiting local schools and community groups to help educate people about the perils of puppy mills.
Wilma Loses Sight
Our precious Wilma came to us from a puppy mill with a cataract and severe damage to her right eye. Over time, her left eye also developed a cataract. Losing complete vision meant putting a hold to most of Wilma’s mascot duties, and simple things like climbing stairs and new visitors to the shelter admin offices became troublesome for our sweet girl.
Thanks to the help of Dr. Julie Hempstead, the ophthalmologist at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Wilma underwent successful cataract surgery in her left eye in August, 2014.
She’s now back to her confident, friendly self. Check out Wilma in a recent KHOU story by Tim Wetzel.
Zach was brought into the Houston Humane Society (HHS) Animal Wellness Clinic after being hit by a car. The laceration to his back leg had caused a massive infection and the leg had to be amputated. His owners declined treatment and, instead, signed him over to HHS. The veterinary team immediately set to work and Zach quickly learned how to move just as fast on three legs as on four. He now spends his days following in Pirate’s foot-steps, which usually means hourly naps on the copy machine and checking out everyone coming into the HHS Annex.
Pirate was a tiny baby kitten when he was brought to the HHS Animal Wellness Clinic in 2002. His owners said the kitten had been attacked by their dog days earlier. With the kitten’s right eyeball detached, they said they did not want him back. The staff removed his eye and nursed him back to health. Dubbed as Pirate, he is the resident “tough guy,” although he is really just a big old softie. There is barely a trace of his former kittenish self…except when he winks at you.