Wonder Why Katy/Houston has a Huge Homeless/Lost Pet Population? Hmmm..

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Wonder Why Katy/Houston has a Huge Homeless/Lost Pet Population? Hmmm..

The entire Houston metropolitan area has a huge problem of a large population of lost or abandoned and/or homeless dogs and cats. Last year I heard two different TV stations state there are over 1 million dogs roaming the streets of metropolitan Houston let alone the number of cats on the streets.


Every day I see several internet posts concerning lost dogs or cats. Sometimes these pets are found and returned to their owners but in my experience this does not happen all that often. This week I encountered an experience which may help to explain a small part of this large problem.


I was driving to our mailbox which located on the first street in our section of Grand Lakes Katy TX. I drive fairly slow on this street as I know there several pets, children and people walking usually in this part of the subdivision. As I got closer to the central mail box section for our street (next street north) and the street I was on, I saw out of the corner of my eye something moving and house door opening. I put on my brakes and lo and behold a small/young puppy ran in front of my car and stopped in his or her tracks. If I drove like most of the drivers in this neighborhood this poor tiny pup would have been hit.


My eyes panned the entire area and two small children ran out of a home along with another small older dog. These two must have opened the door and did not think about the dogs running outside! Chaos ensued as the two kids ran into the street to try to capture their dog and of course the dog ran away very quickly. They certainly did not look to see if any cars were rolling down this street. The older dog decided to join the fun and he or she  started running away down the street and sidewalk. A few seconds later out the front door bounds a teenage girl who was yelling at the kids and dogs. Of course she had her smartphone in her hand and was looking at most of the time. The kids and dogs were no longer in front of or near my car. I went to mailbox to get our mail and I got to view the unfolding melodrama.


There was a flurry of activity. The teenager and one the kids cornered the puppy and put this pup into a car. It appeared the teenager and at least one child got into the car. The older dog was heading east down the sidewalk albeit at a slow pace. After collecting our mail, I drove down the street very slowly and as I went past the older dog who had stopped to catch its breath. I pointed at the older dog as I thought the teenager had gotten all into the car to chase down the other dog and was behind me. No such luck as she was probably too busy texting.


Lucky for all involved another Mom who also lives in this street turned the corner with her dog on a leash. This Mom based on what I could hear and understand knew who this pup belonged to. She immediately took charge as she saw me pointing at the dog and the dog appeared to listen to her. I was ready to park my car and try to capture this loose pet but I figured this pup would just run away from me.  


In my mind here was one small classic example of why there are so many lost and or homeless pets in this area. This whole episode could have been a total disaster as one or both children could have been hit by a car along with both pups. Parents please discuss safety with all involved parties and tell children to be aware of pets running out a door! Teenagers who are married to their smartphones are not a good choice for a baby sitter or pet sitter.. I know DUH!!


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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a sad, sad scenario!  We are so happy that you are active in working with your local shelter, your work and this post is making a difference.  A

Mar 10, 2017 04:02 PM #1
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I agree with Ron and Alexandra Seigel Bob,, I am glad you are so active in this sad situation.

Mar 10, 2017 07:50 PM #2
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Sounds like there are lots of pets wandering around looking for good homes.

Mar 10, 2017 08:01 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob we never let our Schmo off leash when we are about to go outside... back yard which is enclosed yes... it is just being a responsible pet owner....parent...Endre

Mar 10, 2017 08:40 PM #4
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Bob.  Very unfortunate that so many people really can't control or keep their pets properly.

Mar 11, 2017 04:29 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you, Bob, for sharing this experience.

Thankfully, we have very few stray animals in our area.

Mar 11, 2017 06:40 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Bob. You told a sad story here but the problem is bigger. People don't care about and for their pets.

Mar 11, 2017 06:59 AM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, not sure why anyone would let a puppy out the front door, and would expect bad results if drivers are not watching and driving slowly.

Mar 11, 2017 07:54 AM #8
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Thank you everyone for your comments and support. My story is one very small piece to a huge puzzle. Very sad situation. 

Mar 11, 2017 08:40 AM #9
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Too many people are so careless with their children and pets. 

Mar 11, 2017 08:43 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We have had three new families move in on our block and the children play in the front yard and we have to be careful. We also have had to retrieve their dogs when they don't pay atention to them. 

Mar 11, 2017 08:58 AM #11
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is very sad that such a problem exists, people definitely don't take care of their pets in the manner that they should.

Mar 11, 2017 09:37 AM #12
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 Kids...yes no leashie no walkie for our Duchess. Hope you are having a super Saturday!

Mar 11, 2017 02:05 PM #13
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


With the large number of homeless dogs and car it a large number of them will never find a home.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 12, 2017 08:00 PM #14
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It would have been so sad if you had hit the pet or the children. This is definitely a parental problem and should be addressed.

Mar 13, 2017 10:02 AM #15
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