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Posted on: July 30, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Council Member Tressler fosters "Gusto" the dog

Tressler family and gusto


The summer is a busy season for the League City Animal Shelter as a high number of animals come in and the number of pet adoptions temporarily dip. The shelter relies heavily on fosters who will open their homes to help young ill, injured, abused or under-socialized animals.

Recently, League City Council Member Chad Tressler and his family decided to do their part in helping League City Pets Alive by fostering a dog in need of a home.

“I have three kids and we already have three dogs at home, but the kids wanted one more pet so we contacted the shelter to become fosters,” said Tressler.

When considering a foster dog, the Tressler family came across "Gusto," a young pitbull mix who was removed from terrible living conditions by League City Animal Control.

Gusto was found chained, malnourished, covered in fleas, and tested positive for kidney stones and heartworms.

“He had those big sad eyes and we decided to take him home.”

With the help of treatment and plenty of love from his foster family, Gusto has thrived in his new home and is well on his way to recovery.

“Gusto is really calm, very friendly and sweet. He’s very passive and has gotten along great with our other dogs.”

Tressler wants to encourage other residents to help an animal in need like Gusto by becoming fosters. League City Pets Alive makes the process easy and provides fosters with a kennel, food and medication for pets, if needed.

Foster cat and dog parents save hundreds of lives each year by opening their homes and hearts to help cats and dogs. Many of these dogs or cats would otherwise be euthanized due to lack of space and staff time necessary to provide individual attention and care.

To apply to become a foster, visit:

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