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About Us & Contact Information
Frequently Asked Questions
How can you help?
Adoption Criteria
Placement Questionnaire
Success Stories
In Memory Of...
Lost Pets
Make a Donation
Useful Links
POTL Administration


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Pick of the Litter?
    Pick of the Litter is a non-profit corporation dedicated to helping find homes for homeless and unwanted animals.  We are a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status organization.  Donations are tax deductible.

  • Who is Pick of the Litter?
    We are volunteers banded together in an effort to save animals.

  • Why does Pick of the Litter exist?
    Every day, thousands of animals are discarded, cast away like yesterday's trash.  The dog your neighbors left behind when they moved away; the feral cat who hangs around the neighborhood mini-mart; the litter of puppies or kittens dumped on the side of the road.  These animals face almost certain death.  Sometimes loved pets become lost and their owners die, leaving them homeless.  Pick of the Litter helps find homes for these animals.  Many are ill, injured or starving when they come into our possession.  We provide medical care, and are a resource for individuals who rescue stray animals.

  • How does Pick of the Litter find homes?
    An adoption fee of $100.00 for all animals is charged and every animal is spayed or neutered!  We try to make the best matches possible in placing these animals into new homes.  In 2000, Pick of the Litter placed 247 homeless dogs and cats.

  • Can we make a difference?
    You bet!  You would be surprised at the results.  You can help save lives, turn cats and dogs, kittens and puppies who have no hope into happy and healthy pets.

  • Why do you not adopt outside your local area?

    We foster these animals in our own homes and they mean as much to us as our own personal pets.  Therefore, we like to make a home visit prior to adoption.  Because we are a small, fairly young group, we do not have the contacts used by larger, nationwide rescue groups to make home visits and transport animals to their new homes.

  • What is your “local area”?

    A 100 mile radius of Longview, Texas, including the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.

  • Are there exceptions made to the local area rule?

    Yes. We make an exception to the local rule area when the cat or dog is a senior citizen, has ongoing chronic medical condition, disabilities or requires special handling.

  • Why do you not adopt to people who have unspayed/unneutered animals?

    8 million animals were euthanized in the United States last year because they had no home.  Almost all of the animals who pass through POTL’s hands are homeless simply because no one wanted them.  The spay/neuter of all pets except those owned by responsible, professional breeders would stop the killing of homeless animals in shelters.  We believe it is the responsible thing to do -- furthermore, most of our animals are mixed-breed.  Oops litters are a major contributor to the thousands of animals killed in Longview last year.

  • What is a responsible breeder?

    Someone whose animals have excellent temperaments and who represent the best of the breed, in physical appearance and health.  A responsible breeder already has most of his/her puppies/kittens sold before a litter is born.  A responsible breeder does not have “Oops” litters or sell his puppies in Wal-Mart parking lots or Canton.

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