, Port Arthur, Texas

January 7, 2013

Paws of Hope to host garage sale

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

GROVES — Barking dogs with wagging tails do their best to garner attention during a recent walk through the small animal shelter in Groves.

The dogs range in size from a Chihuahua found roaming in Port Neches to a large black and white mixed breed. Some are lost, some were picked up by animal control officers and all are looking for their forever home.

Paws of Hope is trying to bridge that need. The non-profit organization based in Mid-County makes weekly visits to the shelter located at 5001 McKinley and keeps in contact with the animal control officers in Groves and Port Neches who work out of the shelter. The group uses Facebook to publicize the dogs in need of a home and works with Dr. Spiegel, a local veterinarian, who checks the canine’s health. Once a dog gets the green light for adoption and a new home is lined up, the dog will be spayed or neutered.

The group will hold a garage sale at 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Groves Activity Building, 615 39th St. All proceeds go back to the organization to help the cost of the vet bills and more.

Ashlyn Richie, of Paws of Hope, said the garage sale will feature numerous items including dog kennels and household items. Donations will be accepted for the garage sale through Jan. 11. To donate, contact Richie at 543-6297 or Carol Heintschel at 365-3099 or e-mail