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September 30, 2013

Car show aims to help animal shelters

PORT NECHES — There is a dog that frequents Karla Crossett’s Nederland neighborhood, a skittish Australian shepherd that won’t allow anyone to come within touching distance of her. After many unsuccessful attempts to wrangle the dog, Crossett and her neighbors began feeding her.

“We even slip her flea medicine when she looks like she’s itching,” Crossett said.

This isn’t the only wayward dog that Crossett has encountered in Mid County.

“There’s more than you would think,” she said. “There’s not a time I walk out of my house that I don’t see one.”

So many, in fact, that Crossett decided to organize the “Hope 4 the Hounds” car, motorcycle, car and truck show. Held Saturday at Port Neches RiverFront Park, Crossett planned to donate the funds to local animal shelters to assist in paying the $30 adoption fee for each pet. But she also hoped the show would raise awareness of the growing need to find homes for four-legged friends. Crossett mentioned several animal shelters in the area — Paws of Hope, Bound for the Pound and BFF — and stressed the importance of checking the various shelters if a pet goes missing.

“We’re trying not to get any euthanized,” she said.

Marcella Whaley, of Nederland, found the latest addition to her family at Nederland Animal Shelter Helping Hands. Whaley monitored the progress of Jax, a gregarious Labrador retriever mix, for some time before deciding to take him in for a week as a trial period.

“That was it,” Whaley said, laughing. “He wasn’t going back.”

There were several more established car shows that the Gulf Coast Camaro Club could have attended that Saturday. However, a collective love of animals led them to “Hope 4 the Hounds.” Member Stacie Gardner has two dogs and a plethora of cats that she rescued — all of which will join her when she makes the move from her home in Groves to Lumberton.

“I can’t bear to leave them behind and not know if anyone will take care of them,” Gardner said.

Member James Everett, of Bridge City, said that people often don’t see the value of dogs until it’s too late.

“You don’t realize how much a part of your life they are until you lose one,” he said.

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