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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Kreitzer’s open home to help pets find loving home

By Christie Barlow
Every morning, Liz Kreitzer gives the 22 guests staying in her home a 6 a.m. wake up call. From there, the chaos ensues.

Liz and her husband Bill run Kreitzer’s Critter Corral, a puppy rescue business out of their home. At any given point you can find a dog in just about any room of the house. 
Currently, the Kreitzer’s have 22 dogs they’ve taken in and hope to adopt back out.

“These are Gods creatures,” Liz said. “We don’t have a lot of money to donate anywhere; this is our way of giving back to Christ.” 

Both Liz and Bill are big animal lovers. Before they started their own shelter, the duo both volunteered with other rescue agencies. Anytime a new puppy came in, Liz found herself constantly asking Bill if she could bring them home. Bill jokingly issued Liz an ultimatum — bring home another pet and you and the pet can find somewhere else to live. But their first real rescue, a group of abandoned puppies, did Bill in. After bottle feeding them and nurturing them, Bill was on board to start a shelter of their own.

About four years ago they officially started their own shelter and have been finding homes for puppies and abandoned dogs ever since.

Puppy crates line their dining room walls, a playpen is in the kitchen and a heated garage is home to even more dogs, but for the most part, the animals run free around the house. One of the things that makes them different from traditional shelters is the home setting, Liz said. It also provides a more comfortable environment for people to meet the dogs, Liz said.

“The puppies are more socialized,” Liz said. “They’ve begun training in a sense. They’re used to being in a home environment. They hear all the noises of the house.”

For the first few years, most of the costs to take care of the dogs came out of pocket for the Kreitzers. However, costs have decreased over the years thanks to donations and the money they collect from adoption fees. They charge a $150 adoption fee, which includes some vaccinations, a bag of food and heartworm medications. All the money they collect goes directly back into taking care of the animals.

Today, Liz, Bill and their two children share their home with the dogs, and both Liz and Bill work full time jobs. Liz works as an administrative assistant for Bank of America and Bill works as the property manager for the Cabarrus County YMCAs.

Their ultimate goal would be to buy two or three acres of land where they could build a home for themselves and a home for the dogs they take in. This way the dogs could still live in a comfortable home environment, but the family could have its own separate space, Liz said. Liz hopes that once they attain their nonprofit status, they will eventually be able to devote themselves full time to the shelter.

While that dream seems a long way off, Liz and Bill are hoping they can turn the garage into a kennel sometime soon and are just happy to be helping dogs.

“We’re animal lovers,” Liz said. “We’ve had rats and guinea pigs. We’ve even baby sat for hissing cockroaches.”

“We love uniting people and pets because we know we’ve saved a life and started a family,” Bill said.

Posted: 3:19 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012
Shelter works to save more animals’ lives
The Lincoln County Animal Shelter has a new strategy to save more pets’ lives.A dog named Joshua recently had surgery he needed to remove one of his legs. He is alive today because new programs at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter have helped cut down on euthanasia.
Joshua has been at a rescue facility for the past month. Rescue owner Bill Kreitzer took him to a veterinarian to get his leg checked out.“He could actually get around better without the leg that is deformed than he was before, and he has not slowed down since,” Kreitzer said Joshua came to the shelter as one of several puppies in a litter of strays. Shelter manager David Workman admits in the past, Joshua would have likely been put to sleep.“Most counties just don't have the money,” he said. But Workman said this year, the shelter has worked hard to identify rescues like Kreitzer's that take in strays. They have also gone to a local pet store to offer shelter animals for adoptions. By this time last year, they had put down 58 percent of the animals they took into the shelter. This year, that number is down to 46 percent.“That's our main objective, to get the animals out to homes so we don't have to euthanize the animals,” Workman said.Workman said in the coming months, the shelter plans to offer adoptions at two more stores and expand its foster care program. He said the goal is always to find safe homes for animals like Joshua.
The leader of the shelter where Joshua is kept is considering using him as a therapy dog in pediatric hospitals to give hope to children dealing with severe injuries.  

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Music and mutts

By Jonathan E. Coleman

Guitarists are often known to be good with their hands, but one group of up-and-coming musicians have shown over the past several months that they have pretty good hearts as well.

Dubbed Harrisburg Helping Hounds, a group of students and staff from Landau Guitar Company were sitting around one day when the topic at hand drifted from learning music to serving a greater cause.

Several of the students and staff decided to begin a simple fundraiser by selling cold drinks and candy bars and using the profits to help provide support for homeless and abandoned animals.

An animal lover who has taken in her share of canine companions over the years, Marianna Landau has served as something of the purveyor of the mission, which has since grown to include selling hand-made crafts and T-shirts, as well as planning larger events to bring greater awareness to the cause.

 “At one time we had 15 dogs in the house,” she recalled. “Now I just raise the money. It’s much easier.”

After the first month, the effort had raised nearly $200, and the group decided to donate the money to Kreitzer’s Critter Corral Puppy Rescue, a rescue facility in Concord.

“We have been rescuing puppies since January 2004.” said Lizanne Kreitzer, who, along with her husband Bill, owns the puppy corral.  “Most of the money has come straight from our personal pockets.We would love to be able to do more.This will tell individuals and companies that they can donate money, products and services to us and can have those items as tax write-offs.”

To date, Helping Hounds has donated nearly $500 to the Kreitzers, fast approaching their goal of $700, which would allow the puppy corral to apply for 501(c)(3) non profit status.

“Obtaining our 501(c)(3) status would give us basically a type of seal of approval,” Kreitzer said.

As Helping Hounds has gotten more involved in the idea of helping the rescue group, its creative side has been exposed and a bevy of new ideas has sprung up.

A branch of the Helping Hounds group has formed a musical group called the Beagles, which takes popular Beatles’ songs and changes the lyrics to make them more fitting. Among their songs, “I want to hold your paw” and “We all live on a yellow Labrador.”

“We’re definitely going to put a CD out one day,” Landau said. “They wrote the songs. It’s been great.”

The group will have the opportunity to showcase their musical talent and share their original songs at a Puppyfest being held at Landau Guitar Co. Saturday.

The event, which is scheduled from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., will include a garage sale, craft and bake sale, raffle and open mic music.

An ongoing fundraising effort also being held at Landau Guitar Co. is an art camp.

At the camp, participants make all sorts of craft items, ranging from tie dye T-shirts and beaded jewelry to bird houses and murals.

Once complete, campers can donate their crafts to be sold to benefit the Helping Hounds group. Upcoming art camps are scheduled for Aug. 6-10, Aug. 13-17 and Aug. 20-24. For more information, call 704-455-7315.

While the group is having plenty of fun raising the money, ultimately it’s for the dogs.

“For every dog that’s adopted at the pound, another one is put down,” Landau said. “It’s a pleasure to do something to at least give them a chance.”

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