Hill County Paw Pals, Hill County, Texas


Homeless Hill County Dogs Airlifted by Private Jet to Aspen, Colorado



Cheryl Wyly, notable philanthropist from Dallas, who recently donated $200,000 to Hill County Paw Pals’ animal shelter building fund, came to the rescue of 18 young dogs from R & J Rescue by providing her family’s Gulfstream jet so that they could be airlifted to Aspen/Pitkin County Animal Shelter in Aspen, Colorado.  Aspen is the second home of Cheryl and her husband, Sam, and they are directly involved in supporting the needs of unwanted dogs and cats in the Aspen area through their work with Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter (FAAS).  The Aspen/Pitkin County Animal Shelter proudly displays the Wyly’s names on the entrance wall to honor their love and respect for animals and to acknowledge their generosity that was vital to the construction of the shelter.  (For more information on the no-kill Aspen/Pitkin County Animal Shelter visit their website at www.dogsaspen.com).



The relocation of the 18 dogs began shortly after Cheryl visited R & J Rescue and was impressed with the dedication that the owners exhibit in their care of homeless and abandoned dogs.  Knowing that more opportunities for adoption existed at the Aspen/Pitkin County Animal Shelter, Cheryl arranged to airlift 18 of R & J Rescue’s dogs. (R & J Animal Rescue is a non-profit and no-kill organization that is privately operated in Hill County by Randy and Jackie Chance.  The couple’s facility is located on HCR 3240, about 2 miles south of Penelope on FM308.  Phone (254)-855-3779)



The logistics of transporting the 18 dogs to Dallas Love Field for the flight to Colorado fell to Carole and David Huens of Whitney.  Carole is the mother of Cheryl Wyly and also a board member with Hill County Paw Pals.



This story highlights the supreme dedication these special community members have in taking care of our unwanted, companion, animal friends.  These 18 adoptable dogs are among the fortunate few from Hill County who will get a chance at life and a happy ending.  The futures of hundreds of other dogs and cats in Hill County continue to look bleak simply because a county animal shelter does not exist in this community—a community struggling with a pet overpopulation crisis.  Hill County Paw Pals has worked for four years and has raised over a third of a million dollars dedicated towards the building of a county animal shelter.  An animal shelter serving the entire county is a service the people of Hill County want and the animals of Hill County deserve.  For more information about Paw Pals, please call (254) 580-0679 or email hcpawpals@yahoo.com.



R and J Animal Rescue is currently accepting donations for their garage sale which will be during the 4th of July weekend (July 5-7 from 7am to dark) in Hubbard at the Antique Mall on State Highway 31 (NE 4th Street).  If you would like to make a donation, please call Jackie at (254) 855-3779.