Straydog was founded in East Texas by Pat and Bill Arnold. Pat’s vision and perpetual love of animals set the tone for our work. The mission was based upon dedication to the no-kill mission and commitment to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome abandoned, abused, and surrendered dogs. Learn more about our history here.
In May, her family along with the Straydog community, unexpectedly lost Pat Arnold. Her last words were, “Take care of my dogs while I’m gone.” Bill Arnold and Juana Vazquez worked together trying to continue Pat’s dream for her 65 dogs. They vowed to never give up and strive to see her last dog either in a “fur-ever” home or living a long and happy life at the sanctuary.
Bill and Juana were married and taking up to 110 dogs at any one time. Generous supporters like Pam and husband Gary donated the first building, we call H2 provides shelter for 20 dogs.
Bill Arnold retired. Juana Arnold and Pam Bollinger, with the support of the board and volunteers continue the mission as co-presidents of Straydog Inc. With 160 dogs and three buildings, the goal is to build a master care building where all dogs can be kept indoors with convenient access to the outdoors, as well.
Straydog provides every rescue a healthy, happy life until a forever home is found.
We are a sanctuary for dogs who are never adopted.
All dogs receive necessary medical care in addition to being spayed, neutered, vaccinated, and treated for heartworm prevention.
We have exceptionally clean, large outdoor kennel yards for compatible dogs that are kept together. Indoor kennels provide safety and security for young puppies, seniors, and dogs recovering from illness.
All our dogs have daily walks and quality time with our caregivers from petting, brushing, ball playing, and hugs to treats that are part of their daily routine.
Our team holds adoption days weekly and various special events annually.
We educate and counsel the public about spaying and neutering!
A mandatory adoption/home-visit process assures all adopted dogs will continue to be safe and have a happy forever home.
To rescue and rehabilitate homeless and abandoned dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into a caring, loving home; and to act as a sanctuary for those dogs who are never adopted.
All dogs will live in a safe and loving home.
Our dogs are cared for by 15 staff members including Juana Arnold, Shelter Director, and her Leadership Team pictured here.