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Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary


Priyanka Johri and her husband Ravi Grover play with two of their rescues.

Priyanka Johri and her husband Ravi Grover play with two of their rescues.

Providing Life And Love To The Neediest Dogs

Priyanka Johri has a boundless heart for animals of all types. She channels her animal compassion through her Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary to give hope, comfort and a true home to special-needs area dogs that are at the end of the line and have no other place to turn. At Pure Mutts, dogs that would be destroyed at other facilities find a loving, caring place to thrive.

Residents of The Woodlands, Priyanka and her husband Ravi Grover open their home to between 25 and 30 dogs at any one time. The couple and the dogs share a 3,000-square-foot home on two acres. She showers attention and affection on all kinds of dogs: abandoned moms and their puppies; dogs with special needs such as deafness or blindness; sick and injured dogs; and older and terminally ill dogs that are too daunting for shelters and other rescue groups due to the need for a long commitment and extra resources. At Pure Mutts, dogs find a pack and a family that will provide them with the nurturing and companionship they need.

“Most our dogs come from area shelters, but once they arrive here they have a home forever,” Priyanka says. The Pure Mutts Animal Shelter works with animal shelters in Montgomery, Brazoria and Harris counties. She finds endless opportunities to provide loving care for vulnerable dogs, and she openly invites the public to help not just save lives, but create a beneficial environment for happy dogs. “We are always looking for foster homes, for volunteers to help take dogs to and from their veterinary visits, and financial help.”

Their story of transformation into caretakers at a dog sanctuary is filled with compassion and care. Priyanka explains that she grew up in India where she held to the societal belief that dogs are unsanitary and aren’t allowed in homes. Fifteen years ago, her husband was visiting a friend outside Dallas when he heard a dog whining in an adjacent backyard. A neighbor had moved, chaining his pit bull puppy to a tree; the pup had gone three days without food and water. Grover hopped the fence, freed the dog and brought it home to his wife. She resisted the houseguest. The dog was put in the backyard, and an animal shelter was called.

When the couple took the puppy to the animal shelter, they entered into the complicated world of pit bull fighting and caring for pitbulls. The shelter did not adopt pit bulls and told them that puppy would be put down, so the couple put an ad in the paper. Many calls came in asking for detailed physical descriptions of the pup, which the shelter cautioned were coming from inviduals engaged in dogfighting. After 10 days of consideration, Priyanka and Ravi adopted the dog — the first of many. They moved to Houston and, after Hurricane Ike, took in nearly 30 injured and old dogs. Pure Mutts and the couple’s vision of providing a home for the neediest dogs was born.

“I volunteered at a shelter and I always had a problem when someone said, ‘this dog is too old, this dog is too sick; this is too much money to save this dog,’ ” Priyanka says. “It really bothered me. I knew I had to do something myself.”

Visit puremuttsanimalsanctuary.com for more information.

Priyanka Johri being interviewed by FOX 26 NEWS as she launches a fundraiser for the Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary.

Priyanka Johri being interviewed by FOX 26 NEWS as she launches a fundraiser for the Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary.

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Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary


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