Roving Reporter | "Congratulations Marcy, the 800th Dog Saved!"

Congratulations are in order for Tana Neel and her team at Another Chance RFT, Aransas County Animal Control and Marcy. On Saturday January 5th, Marcy became the 800th dog pulled by a rescue from ACAC in the 2 ½ years since ACRFT’s inception. That’s right, 800 dogs in 30 months that were saved from being put down!

As you can see from her very comfortable position in the transport vehicle, Marcy is a beautiful mixed breed dog, calm and fairly carefree. Her life has not always been so. Left at the shelter as a stray, she spent weeks in a concrete kennel, only occasionally getting out for a bit of fresh air with volunteers. Then at one local networking event, a visiting woman fell head over heels in love with this gentle, affectionate pup. Not able to get Marcy off her mind, she’s arranged to adopt her from ACAC. Marcy is on her way to a loving home, far away from lonely streets and hungry nights.

For those who aren’t familiar with the organization, Another Chance RFT (ACRFT) is a group of volunteers that assists Aransas County Animal Control (ACAC) to save dogs from euthanasia.

Since it’s formation in June 2016, achieving nonprofit status in May 2017, ACRFT has saved 800 dogs from being put down at ACAC.

When ACAC notifies us that a dog is eligible for either foster, rescue or adoption, we get busy networking with rescues throughout the country. We take the dogs to the Veterinarian for Heartworm testing, vaccinations, and for spay/neuter. We purchase and donate other medications (ie: wormers, flea & tick prevention) to ACAC to be administered there as well as covering the costs of Parvo and Heartworm treatments. All of these procedures make each dog easier to place in rescue foster or adoption.

Dogs are networked in order to find a rescue which has room for them. We have placed dogs in foster based rescues and NO KILL shelters in Washington State, Oregon, Colorado, Iowa. Ohio, Minnesota, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Canada and of course Texas.

Next, transport is arranged. We have volunteers who drive dogs to their destination, professional transporters, even Pilots & Paws (another volunteer group).

All of this is made possible by donations, small fundraisers (you may have seen us at the local ACE Hardware store over this past holiday season) and grants. We CAN make Aransas County a NO-KILL county!

We ALWAYS welcome volunteers to walk dogs, to transport locally & out of town, to foster and other needs as they arise. For more information on our enterprise, dreams and needs, please contact us at: or check out our Facebook page:

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