Brenda Follis-Lengyel

Conroe Animal Shelter – Being a Volunteer

I absolutely love this part of my life – volunteering with the Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas (ASVT) at the Conroe Animal Shelter.  As a volunteer, you not only walk and exercise the dogs but you prepare them for their ‘Forever Homes’ by teaching them how to interact and behave.  In addition, you get to help families with the selection of their new best friend.

When I signed up this year to walk the dogs at Conroe Animal Shelter, I really had no idea how much they would affect me.  I have my sheltie, Jackson at home who gives me all the dog love I need; but I found the Conroe Animal Shelter dogs gave me a completely different love that brings even more joy to my life.

When you walk through the dog shelter area, the dogs speak out to you (yes, that part is pretty loud – lol) but they just want to get your attention – “pick me”.  Those faces will melt your heart.  You leash up your dog and head outside usually in a very fast trot (hey, when you gotta go – you really gotta go!)  Be prepared – some of these dogs are housetrained and having been waiting a long time to go.

Once outside everything becomes normal.   You can go for a nice, long walk through one of the wooded paths or along a variety of grassy areas.  You can walk down to one of the five fenced areas for play time or you can sit on a bench and do some socializing.  Whatever you and the dog decide to do – it is all good.  They are just so happy to be outside having fun.

Well I do have to warn you – you will fall in love with the dogs and yes, I do want to take several of them home with me … but I stay focused and remember my job is to help the animals deal with being in the shelter and get prepared for their new home. When you see one of your favorite dogs get adopted – well all I can say is the joy is overwhelming!

Volunteering at Conroe Animal Shelter has been a lot of fun.  You can walk dogs seven days a week between 10 am and 4:30 pm.  I usually plan to help out for an hour but stay for 2 hours because I cannot say no to those adorable faces.

I meet lots of wonderful dog loving people too and am developing some great friendships.  Oh yeah, there is one other big benefit to all this volunteering.  I get lots of hugs and loving from all the dogs that I share time with.

If you are interested in being an ASVT volunteer at the Conroe Animal Shelter:   Volunteer Info and Conroe Animal  Shelter  Fill out the ASVT (Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas )application and join us.  You can walk dogs, play with cats, hold puppies, foster dogs, help out on adoption trips or make a financial donation.

Come make some new friends at the Conroe Animal Shelter – the rewards are wonderful.  Find great places to take your own dog on my website:

W. G. Jones State Forest is Dog Friendly

W. G. Jones State Forest is 1,745 acres located in southern Conroe just west of IH 45 on Hwy 1488.   There are so many hiking trails that I will not be able to tell you about all of them – but we will concentrate on an easy one – you follow Park Trail from Jones Lake Parking lot until you come upon Middle Pond.  It is a nice, easy and relaxing trail for you to take your dog on.  There are 2 ponds or small lakes, wide trails, picnic areas and loads of trees along this area.

Along these W.G. Jones State Forest hiking trails you will definitely meet other hiking dogs.  Be aware leashes are required at the park; but I noticed owners removing leashes and allowing their dogs to play in the ponds.  Facilities:  The W.G. Jones State Park is without any facilities.   No restrooms, no doggie poop dispensers, no water and no trash cans.   Carry out what you carry in.  Be sure to bring plenty of water for your dog.

There are so many trails and on my website you will find a map showing you the other trails   There is a place for parking horse trailers (I have not located this parking yet) – so in some areas be aware of horses; however, between the ponds we did not see any horses.    Bicycles are also allowed.  William G. Jones State Forest is a huge park with lots of places to go and some signs to help direct you.   Don’t forget to keep a watch out for the endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker.  It is a black and white bird and they are currently breeding.

This is only one of the many trails that you can take your dog on.   Like us on Facebook for more exciting places to take your dog and check out more about W.G. Jones State Forest and other locations with descriptions of Places To Take Your Dog.


336 Marketplace in Grand Central Park, Conroe

Dog Lovers – it looks like a new Petsmart is coming to Conroe.  The commercial location called 336 Marketplace; which is part of the new master development in Grand Central Park, Conroe is the new location for Petsmart.   This is great because who doesn’t like to take their pup to the pet store.

Conroe residents have been looking forward to the opening of 336 Marketplace and looking at the progress we should see stores opening in late Spring and Summer this year.

Other stores coming (but not necessarily Pet Friendly) are the new Kroger Marketplace, Ross, Marshall’s, Michael’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods.   Also there will be a Cinemark Movie Theatre.

Close by to the new Petsmart in Grand Central Park are new homes, patio homes and townhomes being built.  This master community will have 10 miles of nature trails for walking and biking, several lakes and picnic areas.  So if you are looking to buy a new home that you and your dog can really enjoy these natural type amenities – then give me a call.

If you would like info on Conroe real estate or would like representation in your new home purchase, call Brenda Follis-Lengyel, JLA Realty, 850-865-8777 or email:


New Petsmart coming to Conroe

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