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5 elephants near Fredericksburg — near Stonewall in south-central TX

The Preserve is open. There are now five, well-trained, circus-rescue female elephants,  which families may interact with & enjoy.

Location:  off of Route 2721 (Olive Street) north of Stonewall a couple a miles, the address is 650 Double Horn Road. Great place to take kids. See

Visit http://www.ThePreserve.com or call Keri Johnson 830-992-0373.  She has been working with elephants for 46 years.

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Hill Country Crisis Council Emergency PET Shelter in Kerrville (south-central), TX

To make a donation:   Hill Country Crisis Council, P.O. Box 291817, Kerrville, TX  78029 or https://www.GoFundMe.com/TheHillCountryPetProject

Spay-neuter services in & around Gillespie County, TX (south-central TX: Fredericksburg, Stonewall …)

Contact information for two, spay-neuter organizations:

[1]www.FbgPAWS.org& 830-990-1018 & FbgPAWS@GMail.com 

[2] FixFurLife:  https://fixfurlife.org/appointment & 830-307-6019 Info@FixFurLife.org

  1. FbgPAWS.org & then click on “Spay/Neuter

In the PAWS Trap-Neuter-Return program (aka spay/neuter)community cats and barn cats are humanely trapped with box traps, brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, ear-tipped (the universal sign that animal has been neutered and vaccinated), and then returned to their outdoor home.   PAWS volunteers assist clients throughout the entire process for spay/neuter services.

Phone:  830-990-1018 (voice message)  E-Mail:  FbgPAWS@gmail.com  Mail:  PO Box 2794   Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

PAWS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides low and no-cost spay/neuter assistance to help residents control homeless cat/dog and unwanted pet populations in Gillespie County, Texas.    The mission of PAWS is to create a no-kill community that ends overpopulation of homeless animals and results in higher standards of animal treatment through effective educational and spay/neuter programs.    PAWS is funded entirely by charitable donations and is operated by volunteers who work alongside with other community resources to provide a better quality of life in Gillespie County.

PAWS coordinates our Trap-Neuter-Return (also: TNR or Spay/Neuter) Program with the City of Fredericksburg, Texas and area veterinarians.

Frequently Asked Questions:  What Is TNR?  How To Get TNR  Cat Terminology.

What We Do   Our volunteers assist clients by scheduling appointments for spay/neuter services, providing training seminars, and assisting with animal trapping plus other important educational programs.

  1. FixFurLife: https://fixfurlife.org/appointment & 830-307-6019 & Info@FixFurLife.org

Schedule an Appointment for Owned Animals, Community Cats, or Animal Wellness Services

Owned Animals

Appointment Request Form and pricing/information for spaying or neutering your companion dogs and cats

Community Cats

Appointment Request Form and pricing/information for trapping and fixing community cats, including ferals, strays, barn cats and porch cats

Animal Wellness Services

Appointment Request Form and pricing/information for low-cost vaccination and other wellness services

FixFürLife is a program of the Hill Country SPCA

Contact FixFürLife
Hotline: 830.307.6019
Email: info@fixfurlife.org

Contact Hill Country SPCA
Phone: 830.990.9085
2981 S. Highway 16
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
info@hillcountryspca.com
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Hill Country SPCA Hours:
Monday: 1-6 pm
Tuesday-Friday: 10 am-6 pm
Saturday: 10 am-2 pm
Sunday: Closed

To help with pet-shelter kennels for families fleeing from domestic violence, contact Suzanne@HCCares.com or 830-257-7088, x. 125

Please let Suzanne@HCCares.com or 830-257-7088, x. 125 know if you / your organization(s) want to help with pet kennels in Kerrville … for pets of families fleeing from domestic violence.

In the backyard of the Kerrville, TX, domestic-violence survivors’ shelter, we have a small enclosure for survivors that bring dogs.  When I say enclosure, I mean 4 chain link panels with a gate, probably 7′ x 7′, no covering for shade.  It is adequate for a dog, or 2-3 from the same family, or maybe two from different families that get a long together.  Only adequate – too small most certain.

We are fortunate enough to have a wonderful volunteer that comes to our shelter weekly to teach a bible study.  Prior to joining us, she had been to the Kendall County Women’s Shelter and saw their pet facility.  I haven’t seen it, but word is, is it outstanding, and most certainly very expensive.  Our volunteer graciously decided to have a fundraiser to build new kennels for Hill Country Crisis Center.  She moved from Houston a few years ago, does not have as many Hill Country connections and lives in Comfort.  She reached out to her friends in the Reserve where she lives, and found an overwhelming number of people wanted to form a committee and help her fundraiser for this project! Very generous and exciting! She is toying around with the idea of a golf tournament at the Buckhorn.  She asked that I reach out to our board in hopes a member or two would like to join this committee.

It may be difficult to understand the dynamics of domestic violence, and even more so to grasp that people not being to bring their pets with them can actually decide to stay in the relationship.  As Brent, and our Director of Trauma Services, Kim Olden can attest to, we have recently had to turn women away because we could not accommodate their dogs.  I asked Kim to help explain this dynamic:

“It is very common for survivors of intimate partner violence to want to take their pets with themThreats of abusing or killing pets are made often times as a form of control.  We have had clients receive pictures of their destroyed animal, and we currently have one in the shelter that had a pet killed the day she left, and has since been told that

he another one was killed.  The most dangerous time for a survivor in an abusive relationship is when she is trying to leave.  The abuser begins intensifying his means to control her.  We do attempt to problem solve the issues with those seeking shelter asking if they have a friend or a family member who can care for their pet/pets while they are here.  Then we frequently run into two more common abuse tactics used by abusers to create barriers to a woman seeking safety:  isolation and social sabotage.  Many survivors have been isolated by their abuser and have lost contact with all family and friends, and many relationships have been sabotaged by the abuser.”

It can be intensified when there are children.  The children are already leaving everything they know; asking them to leave their pets as well is another added trauma.  Include the fact that many children will have heard that their pet will be killed.  Very sad situation.

It would be great to have proper kennels that can accommodate more pets, easier to clean, and safer and more comfortable for the pets! Let me know if any of you would like to speak to our volunteer.

Thank you,  Suzanne Tomerlin, Development Director, Hill Country Crisis Council, 830-257-7088 ext 125

Spay-neuter saves lives: Info@FixFurLife or 830-990-9085 or http://FixFurLife.org

  1. http://fixfurlife.org/appointment/

  2. http://www.hillcountryspca.com/ 

  3. 830-990-9085 ​. Email. Info@HillCountrySPCA.com   2981 S . Hwy.  16 in FredericksburgTX ​78624

No-Kill 101 for Animal Shelters

Ask any of the following animal lovers for a 2018 copy of “No Kill 1010 for Animal Shelters:”

Durham, Maggie <maggie.durham@ttu.edu>; Livingston, Kat <kat.livingston@ttu.edu>; Terrell, Kathryn <kathryn.terrell@ttu.edu>; Kym Ruiz <kym.ruiz@ttu.edu>; Pierce, Jaymie <jaymie.pierce@ttu.edu>

Cc: Warren, Dawn <dawn.warren@ttu.edu>; Lansdell, Trevor W <trevor.w.lansdell@ttu.edu>; Wittlake, Barak (barak.wittlake@ttu.edu) <barak.wittlake@ttu.edu>; Smith, Leslie <leslie.smith@ttu.edu>

 

 

2018 drive-through Pet Rabies Clinic on occasional Saturdays at Willow City Fire Station: 2553 RR 1323

The Willow City Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (near Fredericksburg in south-central, TX) will sponsor the annual pet rabies vaccination clinic in Willow City on occasional Saturdays.

The event will be held at the Willow City Fire Station, located at 2553 Ranch Road 1323, between the hours of 2-4p. The Station will be set up for a drive-through clinic, which will allow pets to be treated from the owners’ vehicles. Also, those with aggressive or timid pets can be treated in the parking lot.

Rabies vaccinations will be administered by Dr. Pat O’Neil, DVM, of Pedernales Veterinary Center.  Cost per rabies shot is $9. Check or cash payments will be accepted.

Other vaccinations will be available upon request, including for dogs:  DHLPP $20 (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza), Bordetella $18, Rattlesnake $25, and/or Influenza $35, and including for cats:  FVRCP $15 (feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus infection, panleukopenia), and/or Leukemia $20.

Annual rabies clinics throughout Gillespie County support the regular canine and feline vaccinations and have contributed both to the health of dogs and cats and to the public health. So, “Love your Pet, and Give it a Valentine” vaccination in Willow City on February 10.

Why God made a dog: https://youtu.be/9wWHLdHroyQ

Why God made a dog: https://youtu.be/9wWHLdHroyQ

FixFurLife: spay-neuter program in Gillespie County (south central), TX

 

 Hill Country SPCA, 2981 S Highway 16, Fredericksburg / south-central TX.

The Hill Country Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HCSPCA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new low-cost spay/neuter/vaccinate program called FixFürLife. FixFürLife will open for business on November 13 & will offer low-cost services for owned pets & donation-based services for community cats (including ferals, strays, barn cats & porch cats).

Thanks to local, caring veterinarians & concerned citizens, FixFürLife’s low-cost spay/neuter/vaccination program offers humane solutions to Gillespie County’s problem of pet overpopulation.

Getting your pet fixed is now easy & cost-effective. Residents of Fredericksburg & Gillespie County can simply request an appointment for their family pets & community cats at the HCSPCA or online at www.FixFurLife.org

HCSPCA Executive Director, Elizabeth Loggie commented, “We at HCSPCA are really excited about FixFürLife and are dedicated to its success. As Fredericksburg grows, the need for low-cost spay & neuter services is imperative. With the amount of animal dumping due to unwanted litters in our community, FixFürLife will be the front line to tackle pet overpopulation. This program’s success will directly impact our sheltering system & the health of our community.”

Loggie continued, “We want to thank members of the PAWS Board of Directors for helping us bring this community need to realization.”

To find out more about FixFurLife’s mission and services, to make an appointment for your pet(s) or feral cat colony, to volunteer, or to donate, go to www.FixFurLife.org

 

Spay/Neuter: Good for your pet, good for you & good for our community.

 

Donate to FixFürLife

 

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Fascinating cat facts

Fascinating cat facts:  www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/pets-animals/50-fascinating-facts-about-cats/ss-AAssjNT?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=TSHDHP

Hurricane: how to help beloved pets, how to donate food & money to help our Houston-area families: humans, canines, felines & more: www.Friends4Life.org/how-to-help/donate/

Houston-area animal rescue groups that need your financial support

Friends For Life:  www.Friends4Life.org & Facebook:  look for Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization, Houston. Check out all the animals they are caring for at the George R. Brown Convention Center—a new model for people/animal rescue during emergencies

Montgomery County Animal Shelter:   https://www.mcaspets.org/mcaspetsblog   Facebook – look for Montgomery County Animal Shelter Texas. These folks, along with Best Friends, are taking in the animals from Houston shelters throughout the affected areas.

Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project:  http://ForgottenDogs.com  Taking care of stray animals affected by Harvey. Their Facebook feed is also posted on this website.

DISASTER AID!  http://www.DisasterAidUSA.com:  Disaster Aid USA is Rotarian-operated project & 501c3 non-profit charity, incorporated in the District of Columbia. As a club project, its clubs goals & objectives are to promote & create awareness, raise funds & provide financial support for its primary mission: To provide immediate disaster relief & humanitarian aid at home, here in the US & worldwide to those victims suffering from the effects of disasters natural or man-made while using Rotary’s guiding principles & according to its Rotary Four -Way Test, while adhering to United Nation & Sphere Standards.

LODGING available!  Is there anyone or couple you know who needs place to stay a couple weeks or whatever?  Have guest house. Live out in country 23 miles out of Post / NW Texas near Lubbock. Also have RV hookup. Rotarian Dave Tyler:  DTyler@Caprock-Spur.com        Alice.White@TTU.edu or 830-990-8101 has lodging in Fredericksburg, TX (south central TX) for up to six adults &/or children – not for cat-allergic folks, sorry.

 

PETS!  in the Houston areaKKimmey@TheWorkKs.com in Fredericksburg, TX (south central TX) will be taking pet supplies as close as possible to Houston.  Also, you may donate:  www.Friends4Life.org/how-to-help/donate/

  • People can go to FFL’s Facebook page (Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization) to see FFL in action at the GR Brown Convention Center
  • Below is list of items needed per FFL:
    • Kennels and carriers of all sizes
    • Cat food and dog food
    • Collars and leashes
    • Cat and dog beds

 

FOOD! excellent, high-performance, food-bank for the world:  www.Breedlove.org accepting “Harvey” donations (on their front page) to provide food to Houston-area refugees.  I was  a Breedlove board member for 6 yrs. in Lubbock).

 

MONEY!  Additional, reputable donation sites

from Carol Holmes, Rotary District 5840 Governor / south central Texas:  San Antonio area         Information on Disaster Relief:  …   where anyone & everyone may donate funds to Houston, Rockport, other locations.  These are the Rotary Districts & their contacts:

 

Rotary District 5930:  partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund – a 501(c)3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund.   Send checks to McAllen North Rotary Fund and mail to Rotary D 5930, McAllen North Rotary Club, 501 N. Nolana, McAllen, TX.  Contact:  DG Betty Ramirez-Lara, cell: 956-683-5706; BettyLaraRotary@GMail.com (Rockport / South TX / hurricane’s bull’s-eye area)

 

Rotary District 5910Send checks to Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation, c/o Bobbie Applegate, 985 IH-10N, Suite 111, Beaumont, TX  77706.  Contact: DG Rhonda Herrington, cell: 903-724-8515; Rhonda.Herrington@Yahoo.com  (Palestine / NE TX area)

 

Rotary District 5890Send checks to Rotary District 5890 Charities, Inc., c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX  77505. Contact: DG Bill Palko, cell: 713-582-7235, William.Palko@Amegybank. (Houston / hurricane’s bull’s-eye area)

 

Rotary District 5840:  501(c)3   Send checks to Rotary District 5840 Foundation (Disaster Fund), Attn:  Bobbe Barnes, Treasurer, P. O. Box 13, Boerne, TX  78006.  Contact DG Carol Holmes, cell:  281-923-6111; Holmes.CF688@GMail.com (San Antonio, Hill Country / south-central TX Area).   … Continue to keep all the people who have been impacted with this hurricane in your prayers, as we still have a long way to go.

http://www.DisasterAidUSA.com:  Disaster Aid USA is Rotarian-operated project & 501c3 non-profit charity, incorporated in the District of Columbia. As a club project, its clubs goals & objectives are to promote & create awareness, raise funds & provide financial support for its primary mission: To provide immediate disaster relief & humanitarian aid at home, here in the US & worldwide to those victims suffering from the effects of disasters natural or man-made while using Rotary’s guiding principles & according to its Rotary Four -Way Test, while adhering to United Nation & Sphere Standards.

Also:  www.RedCross.org;   www.SalvationArmyUSA.org     Although less visible, the Salvation Army is providing massive assistance to evacuees as well.

8-29-’17:  Red Cross reports 17,000 evacuees in TX shelters.  The Houston Convention Center holds 9,000 of them.  All Houston area animal shelters are full.   45 shelters are open in the Houston area, with two more large ones opening soon.  The Dallas Convention Center opened today for 5,000 evacuees.     – National Guard assistance is increasing from 3,500 troops to 10,000 soon.  Assistance from all military branches in surrounding states will total 20,000 to 30,000 troops, plus vehicles and equipment.     Two of the nation’s largest oil refineries are not operating.  Others are affected.     Rainfall from Harvey at 49+ total inches is a new U.S. all-time record.  Several days of this to go.

Where Rotarians may donate to benefit Hurricane Harvey folks

Rotarians may donate funds to Houston, Rockport, other locations.  These are the Districts and their contacts:

Rotary District 5930:  partnered with McAllen North Rotary Fund – a 501(c)3 to set up an Emergency Relief Fund.   Send checks to:  McAllen North Rotary Fund and mail to Rotary D 5930, McAllen North Rotary Club, 501 N. Nolana, McAllen, TX.  Contact:  DG Betty Ramirez-Lara, cell: 956-683-5706; bettylararotary@gmail.com (Rockport area)

Rotary District 5910:  Send checks to Rotary District 5910 Charitable Foundation, c/o Bobbie Applegate, 985 IH-10N, Suite 111, Beaumont, TX  77706.  Contact: DG Rhonda Herrington, cell: 903-724-8515; Rhonda.herrington@yahoo.com (Palestine area)

Rotary District 5890:  Send checks to District 5890 Charities, Inc., c/o Jackie Barmore, 3525 Preston Ave., Pasadena, TX  77505. Contact: DG Bill Palko, cell: 713-582-7235, William.palko@amegybank. (Houston area)

Rotary District 5840:  501(c)3 – Send checks to District 5840 Foundation (Disaster Fund), Attn:  Bobbe Barnes, Treasurer, P. O. Box 13, Boerne, TX  78006.  Contact:

DG Carol Holmes, cell:  281-923-6111; holmes.cf688@gmail.com (San Antonio, Hill Country Area).

Help a beloved, feral cat in Sweetwater, TX (near Abilene): MilaGibson1@Yahoo.com

If you / your contacts can help a beloved, feral cat in Sweetwater, please contact MilaGibson1@Yahoo.com  She is willing to pay for his neutering & safe return to his territory:  Last year, Mila initiated the safe relocation of eight Kerrville-area feral cats to the Lubbock area.     Thankyou for caring.

Fredericksburg-area Alpaca Farm! — near Wolf Creek Camp

To visit Beth & Don Weeks’ Fredericksburg, TX-area alpaca farm, call 830-990-9125 & ask about feeding times.  They provide no-charge tours as a gift to kids & adults.

The Weeks’ sell beautiful & soft alpaca wool products in a small, gift shop:  elegant gloves, muffs, scarves & more.

The farm is a commercial operation.  They sell to buyers worldwide.

600M stray dogs need you: www.600Million.org & 954-933-6066 & Alex@600MillionDogs.org

600 MILLION Stray Dogs Need You:  www.600Million.org; 954-933-6066 & Alex@600MillionDogs.org

Global project to end animal suffering & death.

The animal over-population challenge & solutions … by the numbers:

3 billion = estimated number of street puppies born each year.

600 million = estimated number of adult street dogs who struggle to survive every day

55,000 = number of people who die each year form rabies, mostly from stray dogs

100 = number of birth-control pills, drugs & formulas that already exist

50 = number of years that killing & surgery have been the main methods used to control global dog populations.

30 = number of years that birth-control pills for dogs have existed but not been made available.

20 = number of years that commercially produced birth-control dog food has existed but not been made available.

10 = Number of years a single birth-control injection can work in an animal.

8 = Number of animal species the contraceptive GonaCon is already known to work on.

2 = Number of methods used to control street dog populations:  killing & surgery.

ONE! = The number that really counts … the number of people it takes to change the world:  YOU!

What are you waiting for?  It’s time to get the job done!

Alex@600MillionDogs.org & 954-933-6066

OUR MISSION    Our mission is to use science to end the killing of homeless dogs and cats by ending the overpopulation problem, by developing Spay and Neuter Cookies … food that will only need to be eaten one time to spay a stray.  Our approach … Read more