By Donna Hill
For the Fort Bend Star
Dog gone it, there just had to be one good story coming out of the recent floods that hit the area recently.
Fort Bend County resident and KPRC Channel 2 reporter Phil Archer saw a chance to save a life, and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took notice.
At a recent ceremony in Houston, Archer, along with Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls and Jeff Shimek, were awarded the Compassionate Action Award by PETA for their service to a dog who might have drowned during recent flooding.
While on boat ride with Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls and volunteers Jeff Shimek and Richard Allen, and KPRC photographer Jeovany Luna, Archer saw the two year old border collie mix tied to the front porch with her head just above water in the Rio Vista subdivision on May 31st. Archer jumped into the water, got to the porch and rescued the dog.
“By the ring around her neck, you can tell she was chained outside for some time,” Monica Schmidt, a representative from the Houston Humane Society told Reuters.
Being the sound reporter that he is, Archer found the owner of the dog. The owner told Archer he was willing to give the dog up if Archer could find her a home.
Enter Fort Bend Sheriff Nehls. Now a proud new pet owner.
Nehl’s family wasted no time in naming the new addition to the family. The dog, named Archer, has made her first visit to Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospital. Aside from a few fleas, plus continuing treatment for heart worm, she is now a happy and well loved pup.
Archer, who owns cats, dogs and horses, lives in Fort Bend County, and has worked at KPRC since 1976. Since his canine rescue, his Facebook page has logged over 1.2 million views.
So now if you want to be like Archer – the reporter, not the dog – head over to the Fort Bend County Animal Shelter and save a life or two by adopting.
At Fort Bend Animal Shelter on Blume Road in Rosenberg, there are nearly 200 animals. A large amount of animals are now homeless because of recent flooding.
There is no kennel space left, and according to officials over capacity with kittens, puppies, cats and dogs.
Officials note that they are grateful to the entire community during and after the floods for rescuing animals found in flood waters and other locations around the area. Residents also brought in much needed extra supplies and donations.
Starting immediately all dogs and cats will be available for adoption at $25. All kittens under 6 months old will be $15 and all shelter pets currently in foster can be adopted by their foster parents for $15. Running adoption specials include vaccinations, testing, and spaying. Pets will also be microchiped.
Thursday and Friday the shelter will be open from 10am to 4pm. On Wednesdays they open from 10am – 4pm, close for one hour, and re-open from 5pm – 7pm. Saturday hours are 10am – 2pm.
If you are interested in volunteering, the Fort Bend Animal Shelter could use your help.
On July 16th there will be an orientation for volunteers. Check with their website to sign up.
More info: www.fortbendcountypets.com and also at Fort Bend County Animal Shelter Facebook page.