Healing Hands for Wagging Tails — Pure Mutt Animal Sanctuary Campaigns for Vet Bills this Christmas

Margie Taylor — TaylorizedPR.com

Hanging out on the deck, soaking in the sun

Hanging out on the deck, soaking in the sun

Montgomery County, TX (November 21, 2014) – There’s a little-known sanctuary in a beautiful wooded setting in The Woodlands where dogs that are blind, deaf, have diabetes, broken legs, test positive for heart worms, or suffer from other conditions may live out their lives if necessary.

Dogs that come to the Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary often have been abused and abandoned, and need medical attention. The Sanctuary is a place where terminally ill, un-adoptable, and older dogs come to live out their lives in a peaceful setting free from cages, kennels, or bars in a home setting with their own sandbox, swimming pool, and a sun deck. They have access to their own home with beds, sofa, and even a TV!

Since 2006, Priyanka Johri has provided a place for special need dogs that cannot be taken care of properly by shelters because of lack of resources, time and money. Priyanka founded the Sanctuary after she was introduced to Moti, a pit bull puppy abandoned by her family when they relocated. The six-month old puppy was found tied to a tree in the summer without food and water.

Moti changed Priyanka’s life

and taught her to love unconditionally

Someone needs to stand up for the most loyal of all species — “man’s best friend.” We feel that it is a disgrace that older dogs get dumped at shelters after they have faithfully served their human companions for years, or that dogs abused by humans get put down due to lack of resources for their recovery in a shelter. We do it because someone has to help them,” Priyanka said.

All dogs are placed at the Sanctuary through referrals from rescuers, animal shelters, and other volunteer organizations. Through patience, care, and compassion the dogs are healed from their emotional and physical scarring. Sometimes it takes months or years to win back their trust that they lost through human hands.

  • Dominic was in bad shape as a blind mistreated dog. He was taken to A&M and is now healthy and thriving. Bandit is blind, older, and had tumors on his back.
  • In October one of the rescue dogs incurred medical bills in excess of $8500. Many rescued dogs have broken legs with costs ranging from $2500-$5000.
  • The newest addition is Hazel Nut, a mixed breed that suffers from sarcoptic mange that is very contagious. She is in horrible shape and scratches herself raw. Hazel Nut also had gun pellets in her side. Her vetting costs are estimated to be more than $2,000 for blood work, mange treatment, heart worm, spay, and chip.

There are many more stories of abandoned, older, and special needs dogs that are now happy, active, nourished, and ready to love. Currently 29 dogs are living at the Sanctuary.

Below are pictures of some of the dogs currently being cared for at the shelter. NOTE: Some of the photographs show tumors and other ailments, and may be upsetting to children.

Healing Hands Medical Fund is a Holiday Campaign that provides medical attention for seriously sick and injured dogs. All dogs are treated immediately but the costs can be exorbitant. The cost to care for the animals runs from $800-$2500 each month for heart worm prevention, to hip dysplasia for $4600.

All animals at the shelter are heart-wormed, vaccinated, chipped, and neutered. The dogs know how to use a dog door and are house trained. Although they may have diabetes, deformed legs, blindness, or trouble walking due to old age and arthritis, they are cared for in a loving home free to roam and play.

Any amount of donation helps, small donations add up to large amounts to help pay the vet bills. We always run short”, said Priyanka. Donations can be made directly at www.PureMuttsSanctuary.com or a check can be mailed to 2463 Bill Smith Road, The Woodlands, 77384. “Your donation is tax deductible and can help save a dog’s life this Christmas.”

Priyanka is also a Certified Realtor, Eco Broker, Probate Specialist, and Ecological Designer with 30% of all revenue invested in the Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary. As a graduate of Leadership Montgomery County Class of 2011, she designed the Community Garden at the Montgomery County Food Bank. “My motto is We take care of People, Pets, and the Planet.”

Woodlands Eco Realty continues to donate 30% of its commission to Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary for medical assistance. As an extra incentive Woodlands Eco Realty will pay 10% of closing costs when the client is buying or selling a home with them if a donation is made to the Healing Hands Medical Fund by 12/31/15.

Vic’s Precision Automotive, located at 8320 Texas 242, in The Woodlands, will donate a $25 certificate toward customers’ next car repairs when they drop off a bag of dry dog food, six cans of wet dog food, or make a monetary donation during the “Food for Fido” campaign. The food needs to be grain free and chicken free because of various medical issues the dogs have. EN Gastroenteric dog food is always in demand for older dogs and dogs with allergies.

About Pure Mutts Sanctuary: It is a 501 c3 organization dedicated to offering a place for older and terminally ill dogs to spend their last days in loving care. Temporary home are also provided for dogs that need a place to heal until they find their forever homes. Once the animals are healed they are put up for adoption on the website, www.PureMuttsAnimalSanctuary.com

The sanctuary works directly with the shelters and does not accept dogs directly from individuals.

About Priyanka Johri: Priyanka John was a petroleum geologist for Anadarko, Shell, and Kerr-McKee before she changed careers. She is very passionate about helping people buy a home that is truly an investment and not just emotional purchase. After helping several people with her keen insight into investments and negotiation skills she founded The Woodlands Eco Real Estate (TWER). TWER specializes in helping buyers and sellers to obtain a new home that is sustainable while saving energy and water. http://www.thewoodlandsecorealtors.com/. She is also a Certified Real Estate Probate Specialist http://www.texasprobaterealtors.com/ she offers Executive Rentals for individuals between homes or needing a temporary living place, http://www.thewoodlandsexecutiverentals.com/ .