Archive for the ‘Animal Welfare’ Category

for fun: Cats’ Hallowe’en costumes

for fun:  cats’ Hallowe’en costumes:

PAWS: Pedernales Animal Welfare Society of Fredericksburg, TX

Pedernales Animal Welfare Society:  Saving Lives through Spay-Neuter:  830-990-1018; P.O. Box 2794, FBG, TX 78624; & &

Would you – &/or willing designee(s) – be available to assume any, some or all of the following roles? 

  1. Monthly Board of Directors meetings (FBG Morning Rotarian Kim Kimmey, Exec. Dir. of the Hill Country University Center, is our champion. Kim keeps the PAWS meeting-agendas focused, positive & on track.  She was part of an animal-friendly non-profit in Houston … that resulted in a no-kill program.)
  1. Quarterly Advisors meetings to ensure that PAWS board & volunteers are “on track” to accomplish our vision, mission, strategies & tactics (e.g., resuming the spay-neuter of 1,000 kittens/cats/puppies/dogs per year in this geographical area; applying for & receiving grants that align with PAWS’ mission, doing educational outreach with youth & the community; supporting the new FBG Dog Park & the new FBG Animal Shelter in whatever ways are helpful to you &/ to Yvonne Gerhardt.
  1. On-going or episodic volunteer(s) with specific PAWS programs, projects or activities: answering the PAWS telephone calls, responding to needs of telephone calls & other requests for help from PAWS:  trapping & transporting to-from veterinary appointments for spay-neutering; making TNR / trap-neuter-return presentations to community groups, donating, grant writing / fund-raising, etc.;
  1. Being on our contact list for updates & announcements about emerging opportunities to serve, donate, participate – to meaningfully collaborate with PAWS, e. g., collaborative advertising / public relations / marketing; community presentations to iOpener, Leadership Gillespie County, FunAfter5 for non-profit organizations; etc.

Please say “Yes:” &


Pedernales Animal Welfare Society:  Saving Lives through Spay-Neuter:  830-990-1018; P.O. Box 2794, FBG, TX 78624; & & & 830-990-1018   PAWS:  Pedernales Animal Welfare Society of Fredericksburg, TX; P.O. Box 2794; FBG, TX 78624.  The best reason to spay or neuter your pet was killed in a shelter today.  We cannot adopt our way out of our animal over-population.  Bonnie Smith:  830-997-5854; 409   East College St.; FBG, TX

Twice-annual garage sales to support spay/neuter program:  call 830-997-0888 to donate gently used goods (no clothing or electronics).

Andre & Marley’s Haven: Forever Home for abused … Exotic Birds

Andre & Marley’s Haven:  a forever home for abused, abandoned, neglected or surrendered exotic birds

Stacey, Steve & Kayla York; P.O. Box 2796; Fredericksburg, TX  78624; 830-456-1897 & &


Our goal:

1.  To give a loving, happy, healthy, clean & enriched forever home to all the birds in our care

2.  To education people about our birds & tell their stories

3.  To help people keep the birds they have & help them work through their birds’ behavioral problems.


Birds are shown by appointment only.  Contact us to schedule a time to come view them, or we will bring some of them to you.

You will have to sign a release form.

Film “Redemption” Spreads Message of the No Kill Revolution in America

Film “Redemption” Spreads Message of the No-Kill Revolution in America


Documentary “Redemption” Spreads Message of the No Kill Revolution in America  
The No Kill Revolution in America, by Nathan Winograd, is a book that has arguably caused the biggest transformation in the way hundreds of pounds and shelters in America operate.
We are happy to say that there is now a film based on the ground breaking book and, WE ARE HAPPIER TO REPORT THAT THE FILM WILL BE SHOWN IN HOUSTON IN OCTOBER!
“Based on the groundbreaking book of the same name, this is the story of animal sheltering, which was born of compassion and then lost its way. It is the story of the No Kill movement, which says we can and must stop the killing. It is about heroes and villains, betrayal and redemption. And it is about a social movement as noble and just as those that have come before. But most of all, it is a story about believing in the community and trusting in the power of compassion.”



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Healthy & safe! TX Tech Univ. campus cats  2016-2017 STAFF ADVISOR TX Tech Feral Cat student organization  Sr. Editor – Curriculum Development  TTUISD   Drane Hall, Room 135   P.O. Box 42191    Lubbock, TX  79409-2191; 806.834.3716;

Organization monitors campus cat population By Jennifer Romero, Staff Writer Daily Toreador – Dept. of Student Media, Texas Tech University

Texas Tech has been the home to a population of feral cats for years, and a number of cats remain on campus this year.

Lydia Kong, a junior psychology major from Fort Worth and president of the Tech Feral Cat Coalition, said the organization aims to maintain the welfare of the cats on campus.

“We TNR, or trap-neuter-release, cats that are found on campus,” she said. “Many of the cats have been abandoned, and we try to re-home kittens or friendly cats that we find.”

This year, the organization is focusing on compiling more thorough database of the cats on campus, Kong said.

Students can report cats they see, she said.

The database will include a profile for each cat sighted, according to TechAnnounce, and a picture and other details about the cat are documented.

“We wanted to have a better database because we want to TNR the cats we do find,” Kong said. “It’s important for us to find the cats and neuter them before spring so we don’t have a massive cat population.”

The club is also planning to build winter shelters for the cats, she said, and the goal is to eliminate cats burrowing under buildings and causing problems on campus.

“Cats actually help maintain the public sanitary needs of the campus,” Kong said. “They keep the rodent populations low, and that limits the diseases those animals carry.”

More than 15 cats have been documented so far this semester in the database, she said.

Various students have contacted her to report cat sightings, she said.

The Feral Cat Coalition aims to address any type of cat problems, Kong said.

Students can contact the coalition with any issue or questions they have, she said.

“As long as Texas Tech exists and students come and people love animals, the cat population won’t be removed,” she said. “We just want to maintain the welfare of the cats we do have.”

EMANCIPET: spay-neuter-vaccinate

AMY MILLS, CEO, EMANCIPET  Spay | Neuter | Vaccinate   Celebrating 15 years of Service  512.587.7729, x. 7007 & 512.699.7007 & & Pflugerville Clinic Manager, 512.587.7729, x. 7010 & 512-297-0276.

Click weekly &/or daily to support your favorite causes

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Voice your opinion at about animals & the Nat. Institutes of Health-funded research

Voice your opinion at about animal research funded by the Nat. Institutes of Health:

Seeking cats for barn in Lubbock (NW), TX-area

Contact &/or Daniel Stanton at if you have cat(s) to re-home to a barn.

Tips from successful barn cats:  “Keep us well-fed, watered & enclosed within the barn / new site for at least 4 weeks — so we’ll be safe from predators, get thoroughly acquainted with our new territory & understand that we’re welcomed here & expected to stay furever.”

Happily-ever-after, medically fragile cats

Happily-ever-after, medically fragile cats:

Lubbock-area cat, feral cat, dog & animal-welfare advocates; EHoward@PostISD.Net;;;; 806-781-8536;;;;;;;;; Kermit3824@ATT.Net;;;;;;; DrMag2129@SBCGlobal.Net;;;; AnnsHouse@SuddenLink.Net;;;;;;;;;;;;  JStephens@MyLubbock.US; PurrBuddies@ATT.Net;;; GTorres@Ci.Lubbock.TX.US;

via on 6-20-’17:;;;; EHoward@PostISD.Net;;;;;; ‘;;; ‘;;;;;; DrMag2129@SBCGlobal.Net; GTorres@Ci.Lubbock.TX.US;;;; Gossett,; Delgadillo,; Kermit3824@ATT.Net;;; JStephens@MyLubbock.US;;;;;;;;


& Beverley Nichols at 806-792-1983; also, Kym Ruiz at 806-786-7358;  Jen Timmer:   517-775-5906; 301 Peterson St., #310; Ft. Collins, CO  80524;   Joey McCutcheon’s rescuers:  Nancy McCutcheon & her sister Jo:;

LAS:  806-775-2716; 806-775-2700; 806-799-7387; 806-775-2212; 806-775-2712; 806-775-2002; 806-549-4963

Transitions: life to life

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named “Belker.” The dog’s family Ron, his wife Lisa & their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, & they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker & found he was dying of cancer.

I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker & offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron & Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure as they felt that Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him.

Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion.

We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.  Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him.

What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try to live.

He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time & being nice, right?”

The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
• When loved ones come home, always run to greet them;
• Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride;
• Allow the experience of fresh air & the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy;
• Take naps;
• Stretch before rising;
• Run, romp & play daily;
• Thrive on attention & let people touch you;
• Avoid biting when a simple growl will do;
• On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass;
• On hot days, drink lots of water & lie under a shady tree;
• When you’re happy, dance around & wag your entire body;
• Delight in the simple joy of a long walk;
• Be loyal;
• Never pretend to be something you’re not;
• If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it;
• When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by & nuzzle them gently.
There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama & people who create it.   You surround yourself with people who make you laugh, forget the bad & focus on the good, so, love the people who treat you right.

Think good thoughts for the ones who don’t ~ life is too short to be anything but happy.

Falling down is part of LIFE… Getting back up is LIVING… DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT GROWING OLD.

Free / pre-paid spay-neuter, rabies-shot & ear-tip vouchers for Lubbock-area cats & kittens

Get cats & kittens fixed, rabies shot & ear tipped via Humane Society of West Texas pre-paid vouchers at 4 participating veterinarians:

1.  Acres North Veterinary Hospital on the SW corner of 13th & Slide; 806-793-2863

2.  Kingsgate Veterinary Clinic on the SE corner of 84th & Quaker; 806-794-1991

3.  Dr. Robert Taylor 2736 82nd St. (west of University on the north side of 82nd); 806-368-7258; has a trap to loan

4.  Southwest-Lubbock veterinary clinic (a relatively new spin-off from Acres North:  you can get their location & phone # from Acres North Vet Clinic)

Fredericksburg, TX’ dog-park plans

Fredericksburg, TX’ dog-park plans: or contact Jody Donovan, President of the FDPA at 830-997-4763.

Dog Park will be located at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park (S. Hwy. 16:  SW of FBG).

Once constructed, this fenced, off-leash dog park will become a park under the City of Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation Department and will be available for all well-behaved canines and their responsible owners. The dog park will be ADA accessible with separate areas for large dogs and small dogs (25 lbs. or fewer), and it will provide shade, water, and seating with plenty of room for dogs to run, socialize & play.

Texas Tech University: Operating Policy for Animals on Campus

OperatingPolicyand Procedure



OP ______:    Animals on Campus

DATE:           March 1, 2014

PURPOSE:Thepurposeofthis OperatingPolicy/Procedure(OP)is to recognize that owners of Domestic Animals may desire to bring those animals to the campus; users of Service Animals or Service Animals in Training may find it necessary to bring those animals on campus; and Feral or Wild Animals may select the campus landscape as their habitat. In consideration of the personal safety and well-being of the Texas Tech University community, and in accordance with applicable state and federal laws, this Policy establishes requirements for accessibility, behavior, and treatment of animals on campus.


REVIEW:     ThisOPwillbereviewedin March of eachyearbythe associate vice president of research integrity (AVPRI), the assistant vice president for Operations, the managing director for University Housing and the Texas Tech Chief of Police. Substantive revisions will be forwarded to the vicepresidentforadministrationandfinanceandchieffinancialofficer.



1.      General Purpose


Domestic and wild animals are not permitted in University buildings, except for police dogs, search and rescue dogs, service animals in training, service animals used by individuals with disabilities, animals for which permission has been granted by OP 61.38, and animals used in research or demonstration as part of a University program. Owners of service animals must obtain permission from the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities prior to entering University buildings.


  1. Definitions


  1. Domestic Animal. Those species of animals that normally and customarily share human habitat and are normally dependent on humans for food and shelter, including dogs, cats, and other common domestic animals, but not including feral or wild animals as defined below. Service Animals and Service Animals in Training are not considered Domestic Animals for the purpose of this Policy.



  1. Feral Animal. A once-domesticated animal that has reverted to an untamed state.


  1. Service Animal. An animal that is trained to perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The tasks may include, but are not limited to, guiding a person who is visually impaired or blind, alerting a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, pulling a wheelchair, assisting with mobility or balance, alerting or protecting a person who is having a seizure, retrieving objects, or performing other special tasks. A service animal is not a pet.


The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) provides that businesses and other entities that serve the public must allow people with disabilities to bring their Service Animals into all areas of the facility where customers or other members of the public are normally allowed to go. (For additional information, please refer to OP 34.22)


  1. Service Animals in Training. An animal in training to become a Service Animal is an animal accompanied by a person who is training the Service Animal and the animal is wearing a collar and leash, harness, or cape that identifies the animal as a Service Animal in Training.


  1. Emotional Support Animal (or “Comfort Animal”). An animal selected or prescribed to an individual with a disability by a healthcare or mental health professional to play a significant part in a person’s treatment, e.g., in alleviating the symptoms of that individual’s disability. An emotional support animal does not assist a person with a disability with activities of daily living, and does not accompany a person with a disability at all times. An emotional support animal is not a “Service Animal”.
  2. Stray Animals. Any domesticated animal on campus that is not under physical restraint, i.e., leashed or caged, whether accompanied by a person or not.


  1. Wild Animal. A non-domesticated animal living in its natural habitat.


  1. Building. University controlled, leased, or owned structure.


  1. Handler. Individual who brings an animal or service animal into a University building or onto University property. The handler may also be the animal’s owner.


  1. Real property. University controlled, leased, or owned land.


  1. Restrained. Physical confinement, or under competent voice control when an animal is engaged in a recognized animal activity or form of training requiring that it not be physically confined.


  1. Domestic Animals


  1. Responsibilities


    Any faculty, staff, student or community member who wishes to bring an animal other than an animal covered by OP 61.38 (police dogs, service animals, etc.) onto campus is subject to the following responsibilities and restrictions:


    Animals in Texas Tech Buildings, please refer to OP 61.38.


    Evidence must be available upon request that, in the case of an adult dog, the dog has received obedience training.


Dogs must be kept on a leash in all areas of the University except during approved events for which it is necessary that the animal not be restrained by a leash, training classes, or when the dog is contained in a crate or cage.


A valid rabies tag must be worn at all times by any dog on university property.


Fecal matter deposited by animals on University property must be removed immediately by the owner of the animal depositing such. Any damage, staining, discoloration, odor, or other result of the animal’s waste deposit will be repaired or resolved to bring affected area back to University standards. The owner of the animal is responsible for all costs necessary to effect repairs.


All animals brought onto University grounds must be licensed and fully inoculated in accordance with Lubbock County regulations, if such licensing is required by Lubbock County, with the burden of proving licensure and inoculation status on the owner/handler.


Animals are not permitted in flower gardens/beds or fountains.


Pets, with the exception of fish (up to 5 gallon tank) are not allowed to visit or be kept in residence hall rooms.


  1. Restrictions


    Individuals are not allowed to bring wild animals or animals that are not domesticated onto university property is prohibited (OP 61.38), unless otherwise covered with OP 61.38.


    Abandon domestic animals or relocating wild animals onto University property.


    Remove or tamper with any animal trap or other monitoring device set by the Department of Environmental Health and Safety or other authorized agency is prohibited.


    Remove dead animals from campus without approval from the Department of Environmental Health & Safety and/or Texas Tech Police Department.


  2. Regulations


    If any aspect or circumstance of the condition, health, or behavior of any animal on campus is deemed by the University to be a threat to the health or safety of any member of the campus community or to any other animal, then that animal may be removed from campus in any manner deemed necessary by University officials. Such action may be taken even if the animal posing a threat would otherwise be permitted on campus under this Policy. Animals on campus whose condition, health, or behavior appears to present a threat to the health or safety of any member of the campus community or to any other animal should be reported to the Texas Tech Police Department.


    Disruption of the University education process, administrative process, or other University function by any animal will require that the animal be removed from University property immediately by the owner or handler.


    The owner of any animal found in any university facility where animals are not allowed will be required to remove the animal immediately. Failure to comply with this request will result in the animal being impounded. Any animal causing a nuisance will be subject to impoundment and the owner may be cited under city of Lubbock ordinances. Owners of impounded animals will be held responsible for payment of any impound and/or license fees required to secure the release of their animal(s).


Owners of animals on university property shall be liable for the expense of all damages caused by the animal(s).


No animal shall be maintained overnight in any University building which is not designated as approved housing (e.g. vivaria) for the animal. Research animal housing can be approved through the Institute for Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). (Please refer to OP 74.11 for additional information)


Unattended animals found secured or restrained outside a University building will be removed by University Police or by the City of Lubbock Animal Control. The presence of any animal in any motor vehicle without proper food, water, ventilation, or subjected to extreme temperatures that could affect its health or safety, will be reported to the City of Lubbock Animal Control


Sighting of injured or potentially dangerous wild animals (e.g. Opossums, skunks, coyotes) on University property should be reported to the Texas Tech Police Department and/or the Environmental Health and Safety Department. Wild animals threatening other animals or humans should be reported to the Texas Tech Police Department immediately.


For removal of carcasses found on University property, during regular business hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday) contact the Environmental Health and Safety Department (742-3876), and during evening and weekend hours contact the Emergency Maintenance Office (742-3328).


Horses shall not be ridden on any campus property that is developed or landscaped, unless prior approval has been granted by the appropriate office (i.e. the mascot).


Stray animals should be reported immediately to the Texas Tech Police Department. Stray animals on campus grounds or in buildings will be turned over to the City of Lubbock Animal Control.


  1. Service and Search & Rescue


If an individual’s need for a Service Animal and the qualifications of the animal are not obvious, the individual may be asked: (a) whether the animal is required because of a disability; and (b) what work or task(s) the animal has been individually trained to perform.


Individuals with disabilities shall be permitted to be accompanied by their Service Animals in all areas of the University’s grounds and facilities where members of the public, participants in services, programs or activities, or invitees are allowed to go. (Please refer to OP 34.22)


A Service Animal shall be under the control of its handler. A service animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash, or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash or other tether would interfere with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler’s control (e.g., voice control, signals, or other effective means).


If a Service Animal is properly excluded under the foregoing provision, the individual with a disability shall be given the opportunity to participate in the service, program, or activity without having the Service Animal on the premises.


The University is not responsible for the care or supervision of a Service Animal. Accordingly, if a person with a disability remains on the premises after his or her Service Animal is properly excluded, it is that person’s responsibility to make arrangements for the animal’s care and supervision.


Search and Rescue animals may accompany its handler onto campus grounds and, if necessary, into campus facilities to assist in search and rescue operations.


  1. Feral and Wild Animals

Feral or wild animals that are not a risk and do not represent a hazard, cause property damage, or create a public nuisance, and that do not require human intervention, may inhabit the campus grounds.


Feral or wild animals that are a potential risk, represent a hazard, cause property damage, create a nuisance, or otherwise pose a potential threat to the health or safety of humans will be regulated, controlled, and/or humanely relocated in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.


Feral or wild animals may not be brought into campus buildings.


No person may do anything to attract animals to campus nor may any person feed or set out food or water for animals on campus, or engage in any similar human interventions. The SGA sponsored, Lubbock registered feral cat colony is regulated under OP       .


If an animal is exhibiting dangerous or destructive behavior or posing an immediate threat, please notify the Texas Tech Police Department immediately. The Texas Tech Police Department will monitor the animal until Texas Wildlife Control or other appropriate parties are contacted and arrive on the scene. If the animal is deemed a threat and immediate intervention is required, the Texas Tech Police Department may elect to remove the threat.