‘Come and get your dog’: Owner surrenders poodle because she ‘can’t afford’ pet deposit

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Before any kind-hearted or sympathetic animal advocate reaches into their pocket for a pet deposit to help an owner keep their adorable healthy dog and cat out of a crowded animal shelter in Houston, Texas, make sure to read the rest of the story. A volunteer at the high kill shelter on Saturday evening tells the sad reality of Coco and his feline companion Kiki:

“His mommy came to the county shelter right at closing time on 5/27, to drop off him and his cat friend Kiki. She and her husband are moving to Arizona and building a new house. They can afford professional movers to pack up their home, but they can’t afford the $400 per pet deposit for the apartment they will live in while their new home is built.

Seriously? You take your 4-year old cat and 5-year old poodle to a kill shelter?”

And tragically this apparently heartless act could soon be the final walk for these two adorable and friendly companions, who never thought their lives would end so abruptly. Click here for Coco’s Pet Harbor listing. “My name is COCO. I am a neutered male, white Poodle. The shelter staff think I am about 5 years old. I have been at the shelter since May 27, 2017.” For more information about this animal, call Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services at (281) 999-3191. Ask for information about animal ID number A484634. Follow Coco’s Facebook page by clicking here.

Kiki is quite angry, although volunteers label him as a very nice cat who needs a home quickly. Click here for his Pet Harbor listing. “My name is KIKI. I am a neutered male, orange Shorthair. The shelter staff think I am about 4 years old. I have been at the shelter since May 27, 2017.” Reference A484635. (Facebook page for Kiki is below Coco’s information)

Read on for additional information about the plights of Coco and Kiki:

“KIKI is a pissed off owner surrender. He is one angry 4 year old, neutered kitty cat. (He’s actually quite nice!)

His owners are moving out of state to Arizona and building a new house. And they will have to stay in an apartment for 6 or 7 months. And it’s $400 pet deposit (each) for Kiki and his poodle brother Coco. So while the professional movers packed up her house, she came over to the county shelter to dump her pets.

I (this poster/videotaker) am an ENTJ on the personality score. I’m a judgmental person. It’s not fair, I’m not nice, I know. But there are 354 cats at this high kill shelter. Seriously? It’s a cat and a poodle. I can’t imagine life anywhere without my pets.”

Please share Coco and Kiki’s story. They are both at an overcrowded high kill shelter in Houston. Share their stories with approved animal rescue organizations, friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives; these two and so many others at shelters depend on us to help.

Harris County Animal Shelter

612 Canino Rd. Houston, TX 77076
Monday-Friday 1pm-5:30pm
Saturday-Sunday 11am-3:30pm


Adopt, foster or donate to attract rescue:

Photos and video courtesy of Harris County Animal Shelter Volunteers. Follow the National Pet Rescue on Facebook.




25 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    Then find a place to stay with a smaller deposit if you’re too cheap to pay it. It’s just an excuse to be rid of their pets so they won’t mess up their “brand new home” Or maybe the “brand new home” needs “brand new pets”! Anyway you look at it, this is disgusting, anyone than can afford to build a new house, move and stay in an apartment in the mean time, can come up with a pet deposit!

  2. maxiemom says:

    BITCH!!!!! If you can afford movers, you can afford the deposit! I hope your new house burns down and everything you own goes down with it.

  3. Cherryl Gallo (@CherylGallo5) says:

    This volunteer calls herself “judgemental” …well then, I’m just a straight up BITCH! I would never help this “family!” their pets r better off without them! I do feel SICK that they may not b together & WORSE still, these countu shelters…
    Every day of my life PEOPLE SEEM 2 DISGUST ME MORE…& MORE!!!!

  4. Helen says:

    It’s apparent this owner is a heartless SOB. Lets face it, this POS doesn’t want to take her pets, so she decides to dump them in a kill shelter. Shame on you! I hope you rot in Hell.

  5. Jean Wiley says:

    I live in New Jersey I would love to have my Cesar have them two for his companions he’ll be their protector.

    There should be a law and use those so called pet owners as examples. The law should be if you dump your pets at a kill Shelter should be never be allowed to have any more pets for the rest of your miserable life.

    I sure hope some one comes for Coco & KiKi to rescue them.
    Give them both a forever, safe, loving home.????????????????

  6. Mary says:

    Someone out there, please give these babies a home!! There has to be a rescue group that has room and can take them. I am sure with a little time, they will be adopted – HELP!!!!

  7. Pat heley says:

    This is awful, they don’t deserve to be in a kill shelter. Shame on their owners if you can afford moving and building a new house you afford to keep them. Shame on you. Praying Coco and Kiki find a loving family.

  8. Susan says:

    Don’t they have a family member to keep their pets until the house it built??? I agree with Barkley’s Mom, I think they don’t want these pets to mess up their brand new house or they will go out and get NEW pets after they settle in their new house. I just surprises me how much people treat pets like they are disposable and not as family members.

  9. Cynthia Como says:

    OUTRAGEOUS!! So off they will go to Arizona and when their house is finished they will just go out and replace the two they surrendered,surrendered to death row! I hope when their house is finished that it goes up in flames while they are at work,SUCH ASININE LOSERS!!!!!! Praying these two are rescued

  10. Jennie Brennan says:

    Why can’t we start naming these people so that they can be held accountable. So there friends and family know what kind of POS they really are.

      • pamela bolton says:

        I think that would be a GREAT idea. This thing of hiding behind anonymity is BS. If you do the deed, own up to it. It should be posted EVERYWHERE.

  11. Pamela Bolton says:

    If you can afford to build a house,you can afford your dog and cat. Shame on you for taking them to a KILL shelter because it is inconvenient for you. You made a commitment to them when you brought them home. Go get your animals and quit being a low life human with no heart They are your family now treat them as such OR do you treat your family the same way??

  12. Debbie Dearmore says:

    How the hell can they do this to these babies. I hope and pray they get adopted together. Please God don’t let either one of these sweet babies die. Please someone take take them into your loving arms with a forever home.


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