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. Learn more about Straydog through the eyes of Juana Arnold.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pam Bollinger, Co-President - Pam is an avid animal lover, experienced animal rescue volunteer and long time supporter of Straydog. She brings her passion for the mission to the board as co-president, volunteer coordinator, and adopter of 8 former Straydog residents.
Juana Vazquez, Co-President - Juana's passion for dogs since childhood led her to begin working with Straydog founder Pat Arnold in 2001. She learned everything from Pat and committed to caring for the pups always. Juana doesn’t look at her work as a "job" at all. With the ups and downs of running a shelter and sanctuary, she treats the pups as if they were her own children seeing the family through so many happy endings mixed in with a few tough challenges as well.
Don Cristopher, Vice President - Don got involved with Straydog years ago and is a strong advocate for the health, sheltering and long term care of the Straydog family. He and his wife Kim have cared for over 30 dogs, keeping many doggie families, mostly rescues.
VaLissa Padgett, Treasurer - VaLissa is a long-time supporter of Straydog and was a Straydog mom to Reba for 13 years until Reba was called to heaven in 2022. She is currently mom to two wonderful strays and has rescued and homed several others, often with the help of Straydog. VaLissa is a CPA with 30-years of public tax practice experience and has served on the board of multiple other organizations. She has longed for years to volunteer and serve Straydog more extensively and is thrilled to finally have the time and opportunity to do so.
Diana George, Secretary - Diana gives her time to Straydog because the organization serves not only as a shelter, but also as a sanctuary that offers special dogs, who cannot be adopted, a loving and caring home for life.
JP Bonnelly, Director - As a long time animal rescuer, co-founder of multiple street dog rescues, a dog behaviorist and professional photographer, JP hopes his years in animal welfare makes an impact on Straydog and the dog and human lives touched by it's mission.
Laura Gorecki, Director - Laura joined the board in 2019 and brings 10+ years of experience in and tons of passion for animal rescue, combined with extensive career experience with nonprofit organizations.
Laura Grosskopf, Director - Laura joined the board in 2020 and brings 20+ years of both professional and volunteer non-profit experience. Her true love of animals and their safety, security and health is why she spends her free time to help Straydog continually improve to further the mission. Currently, Laura works as a Senior Consultant with Blankenship Change Consulting in Dallas.
Joe Cavagnaro, Director