SA Amigo Spotlight
My name is Lance Ziebell and I am the owner of Z’s Rescue and Relocation in Floresville, TX. As a former U.S. Army Combat Veteran, I worked for animal control services until I finally decided to do what I love on my own, rescue animals. I began my rescue efforts by capturing wildlife, such as snakes, possums, bats, and other animals found in urban areas, then releasing them back into the wild, away from people, where the animals could be safe. It was from those rescues that Z’s Rescue and Relocation was born.
Z’s Rescue and Relocation was created in 2012. In addition to finding wildlife and releasing them into safe areas, we also began rescuing dogs and cats. In 2014, we expanded our operations by opening a shelter in Floresville, TX, appropriately named Z’s Rescue. One of the most important things we’ve done was hiring Sr. Kennel Tech Krissy Kunz. Krissy does an amazing job and helps me with the rescue efforts when my injuries prohibit me from doing as much as I would like to do. Without her help, Z’s Rescue and Relocation wouldn’t be what it is today. She has become more than a rescue worker to all of us; she is now a part of our family.
I focus most of my efforts on an initiative called STOP 22. Every day, 22 Veterans commit suicide due to mental illnesses. Approximately 2 years ago, I myself was almost 1 of the 22 suicides per day. It was during that difficult time that I met Joker. I found Joker, a pit bull puppy, in a field in the middle of winter. He was only 6-8 weeks old and was covered in fleas and ticks. Joker and I saved each other. I took him out of the cold and gave him a good home, and he helped heal me and prevented me from taking my own life. Being a veteran who almost found himself 1 of the 22, I wanted to give back to the military and help the other veterans and military members going through their own difficult times. Because of that, I decided that all Veterans and Active Duty Military members will always adopt animals from Z’s Rescue and Relocation free of charge. My hope is that the animals we adopt out can help heal the veterans, just as Joker has helped heal me.
Z’s Rescue and Rehabilitation has grown a lot over the last few years. We have moved from just having a dog shelter to now having educational programs at schools and events. Currently, we bring in all animals from dogs to reptiles and birds. We take our animals with us all over in an effort to help educate others. Joker himself serves as a great educator. As a pit bull service dog, he teaches people that pit bulls are not bad dogs. He’s a perfect example of how you can’t judge a dog by its breed.
Meet Boo and Blade!
Boo is a Female American Pit Bull/Mix.
Blade is a Male American Pit Bull/Mix.
Both are a just a little over one month old and
are up for adoption at Z’s Rescue and Relocation.
For more information, contact (210)248-7834.