Archive for the ‘Animal Welfare’ Category

FBG Animal Shelter & PAWS awareness & outreach plans. Also, Big Fix in Kerrville, TX & (830-997-2155; 712 W. Main; FBG 78624),  weekly 5.437” x 3” display ad into the Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post.  to engage readers in a wide variety of ways — to save precious canines’ & felines’ sacred lives:  .

  • Invite readers to save &/or share your Keepsake ads about the cats & dogs
  • Call us into Action with all the ways folks can proactively help:  get their own pets spayed/neutered & how to get PAWS’ spay-neuter vouchers; proactively foster roaming cats or dogs; post “Lost” or “Found” cats & dogs on FB & other social media:  maybe even tell us how to electronically post (or recommend that we recruit a child to show us <smile>)
  • Share your own &/or PAWS’ Wish List about what you most need
  • PAWS spayed / neutered 14,000+ dogs & cats since 2004.  In 2015, PAWS fixed 424 pet cats, 235 dogs & 373 community cats.  100% volunteers & funded only by individual donors.  PAWS’ expenses between $6K-$7K / mo.


  • An unspayed female cat, her mate & all of their offspring can total:  11,606,077 cats in 9 years:  1 yr. = 12 cats; 2 yrs. = 67 cats; 3 yr. = 376 cats; 4 yr. = 2,107 cats; 5 yr. = 11,801 cats;  6 yr. =66,088 cats; 7 yr. – 370,092 cats; 8 yr. = 2,072,514 cats; 9 yr. = 11,606,077 cats!  Prevent senseless euthanasia in shelters:  spay & neuter your pets.


  • Invite Rotary Interact Clubs or other in-school, after-school (like Boys & Girls Club members) or faith-based Youth Groups like Young Life … to collect & donate dog food or cat food or save old newspapers for bedding; or provide gift cards for the shelter, or offer to become a PAWS volunteer coordinator (Bonnie, I LOVE your packet of PAWS information!!!); etc.
  • Invite other individuals or organizations to $pon$or display ad(s) in the newspaper (to give me extra cash to get a $7,500.00 endowment started at the Community Foundation for the FBG Animal Shelter)
  • Invite other individuals or organizations to mention the FBG Animal Shelter FB page or Website &/or PAWS FB page or Website in their new or on-going ads in the newspaper or in other media.

Cat grooming at Pedernales Veterinary Clinic:  Yvonne Gerhardt:  830-997-1907 & 830-456-5792

Also:  Hill Country Animal League with affordable spay & neuter services; 924 N. Main St.; Boerne, TX  78006: & & 210-232-6156  & 830-249-2341.  Minimizing the overpopulation of unwanted dogs & cats in the Hill Country area by providing affordable spay-neuter & preventive-care services.

in Kerrville, TX: & 830-896-6053; P.O. Box 294003; KVL, TX  78029; JudySavage@ATT.Net & Sheila Gallagher at 830-377-1411.


Spay-neuter of dogs & cats in Gillespie County (Fredericksburg-area), TX

Spay-neuter of dogs & cats in Gillespie County (Fredericksburg-area), TX: & & 830-997-5854

PAWS’ Mission is to end animal cruelty through an aggressive spay/neuter program, coupled with an educational program on responsible pet ownership.

PAWS works in coordination with the veterinarians in Fredericksburg, Texas to provide spay/neuter assistance for cats & dogs in Gillespie County.  PAWS is a  non-profit organization solely run by volunteers.  Learn more about us!

Contact Us   830-990-1018

To schedule spay/neuter for your pet, or to receive information about Trap/Neuter/Return assistance. You can also email us at  for more information about our services & programs, or to volunteer with PAWS.

Contribute to spay-neuter endowment through the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country:  “Fostering philanthropy by helping our partners achieve their charitable goals in the Texas Hill Country … since 1982; 501c3 organizations in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service & providing services in Kerr County & the communities of Fredericksburg, Harper, Stonewall, Comfort, Bandera, Medina & their outlying areas may apply for grants from the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country.  www.CommunityFoundationNet;;; Exec. Dir. Paul Urban Paul@CommunityFoundation.Net; 830-896-8811:  office;  830-343-7712:  cell; P.O. Box 291354   Kerrville, TX  78029-1354; 301 Junction Highway, Suite 346-B at the Main Wells Fargo Bank Building at Five Points in Kerrville, TX; Tax Identification # 74-2225369

Other spay-neuter, foster-adoption, no-kill animal-rescue organizations in the Texas Hill Country:  Blanco County Cat Coalition & Kerville’s Big Fix

Shadow Cats Rescues in Austin / Central, Texas

Shadow Cats Rescues in Austin / Central, Texas: &

former cat-related arrangements with Lubbock veterinarians & rescue organizations

$pon$or $y$tem  Since <October 7, 2013 through Feb. 2014 upon Alice’s move from Lubbock to Fredericksburg, TX

 Humane Society of West Texas’ S-N voucher + Acres North Veterinary Clinic-to-Lubbock Animal Services

Rescuers take cat(s) &/or kitten(s) directly to Acres North Veterinary Clinic at 13th & Slide Rd. [clinic uses AVW’s pre-paid blue-colored Humane Society of West Texas Spay-Neuter vouchers + AVW’$ full-vetting (including sedation if needed for upper-respiratory shot, microchipping, blood tests, full medications for spay-neuter, de-worming, bath) + Lubbock Animal Services picks up from Acres North Veterinary Clinic to place all-financial-profit cats &/or kittens onto LAS’ Adoption Row

Provided to community folks, via referrals from South Plains Wildlife Center & via word-of-mouth

No-charge Humane Society spay/ neuter/ vaccination/ vouchers

  • Take them directly to Acres North (5205 13th: SW corner of Slide & 13th: & 806-793-2863) or the Animal Hospital of Lubbock (7902 Slide Rd. & 806-794-4543);
  • Drop them off
  • Pick them up the next day & release them back (or ask Acres North to call Lubbock Animal Services to pick up kittens & cats for their Adoption Row)

*No-charge vouchers from the Humane Society include the spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination & an ear notch (to let folks know that the cat is spayed/neutered/vaccinated).  Donations to HSWT (to pay for the $67 cost of vouchers) are welcomed.

  1. HSWT President provides no-charge vouchers from the Humane Society for Texas Tech feral cats – for spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination & an ear notch (to let folks know that the cat is spayed/neutered/had rabies shot). Donations to HSWT (to pay for the $67 cost of vouchers) are welcomed.
  2. HSWT volunteer Janice Barnes (806-790-8979).
  3. Beverley Nichols (Beverley@SBCGlobal.Net& 806-792-1983) the go-to person for kittens & appreciates donations.  She gives excellent care to baby cats.
  4. Nancy McCutchen & her sister JoBeth feed/rescue TTUHSC feral cats @ S. Quaker & Loop 289:  806-632-0527 or 806-281-9953.
  5. Helpful cat-lovers:  Robin Bingham ( & 806-742-2976.
  6. TTU Housing has cat trap to help with Trap/Neuter/Release.
  7. & or 806-799-PETS.   Humane Society of West Texas’ every-Tuesday evening Wellness Clinic/Lubbock (, 6p until finished (usually about 9p): low-cost vaccinations for dogs & cats.  Get into the queue for your animal’s vaccinations/check-up exam.
  8. Carol Harber rescues & fixes cat: 806-794-3471 via G.Harber@SBCGlobal.Net / TAHFI Nom. Comm.


146 in-home Beloved, Eternal Foster Cats, 2 $pon$ored Dog$, 4 $pon$ored cats & 5 guests

through & or

806-799-PETS (7387); P.O. Box 67645; Lubbock  79424

 Since October 2010

146 placed  = 128 adopted (includes trap-vet-LAS) + 13 elsewhere + 5 Ferals = 146  [13 elsewhere = 3 all-white & deaf ferals released together at Sherrie Davis,’ animal-friendly apt. complex + 3 cats to Amarillo barn [2] Julie Lopez + 1 Pampa cat in dog cage for 2 yrs. + 3 cats to TTU/Education Dean Ridley’s Hereford ranch:  Onyx, Coal & Chloe; keep relocated feral cats indoors only & fed & watered for 4 weeks; must have on-site donkey to kill predator; Hot Shot Wildlife Center-Nichols; Margaret Hite buried in AVW yard]; + 1 feral Kyle back to his neighborhood & 1 Little Sweetheart Yeager returned to TTU / Art-Education]+ 5 FeralsAmanda Rogers [in-out 7- & 9-’12; ?limper?]; Ashes Timmer [8-‘12], Daisy Orfila [ 7-29-‘13];  Nancy / Ned  McCutcheon Sugar-&-Spice look-alike [?limper? semi-monthly night-time diner];  Spice Wilkinson [ 4?-’13; regular visitor for nightly diner]; & 4 guests:  black-&-white Felix Dodd; tiny, cold, wet, noisy, gray-white tiger kitten with Persian-like face from TTU Civil Engineering to Jamie Reed; & Julius Olson [Sept. to 10-20-‘12].

Many thanks to Jennifer Timmer, Beverley Nichols, Sherrie Davis, Jamie Reed, Amanda Rogers, Krysti Agosta & all Humane Society of West Texas (Janice with HSWT Wellness: 806-466-1310 after 5p); PetSmart / Canyon West & PetSmart / South Slide Rd.; Dr. Jorgelina Orfila & Lubbock Animal Services [7 + 5 + 3] for helping beloved SPFB farm kittens, various Pampa cats, Snowflake, Buttons, Houdini & others find their new, forever families.

Facts about Cats:

Facts about Cats:

Cat as a bear repellant!  What’s it’s like to live with a cat

a Cat’s Guide to Taking care of your human & “Welcome” to a new kitten from the veteran cat of the home: & continuing videos (including  “Dear Kitten:  Regarding the Dog”  Hilarious, endearing … true!  “Dear Kitten regarding The Big [football] Game” (about humans’ TV-watching habits & how to get wet, cat food on demand).

Friskies cat food has a wonderful, cat-video series that continues automatically (see whether you can watch just one video — bet you can’t!): &

Perpetual “wildness” of “domesticated” cats:

Hilarious videos of cats

Hilarious videos of cats:

Cats’ intimidating dogs:

Facts about Cats:

Cat as a bear repellant! 

Bluebonnet Equine Rescue / Humane Society in Austin, TX, USA

2015 marks Bluebonnet’s Tenth Year – and it’ll be the best year yet!

We’re off to a busy start this year, helping needy horses get a second chance at life!  If you haven’t already joined or renewed your membership to Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, please consider becoming part of our team.  Memberships start at just $25 for twelve months.  When you join the rescue, you become a part of a team that’s helped over 750 horses in ten years!  Membership fees help us with the horse’s expenses, and members gain access to our email lists and Facebook groups and receive free and discounted admission to some events.  You can join Bluebonnet at



Membership Meeting and Social Hour

All current Bluebonnet members are invited to our membership meeting on February 21 in Austin, Texas.  We’ll present a history of the rescue, discuss our upcoming events, and have a Q&A session.  You can email for more information.


Pampered Chef Fundraiser 

Let’s kick off 2015 right and help Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society’ with a great donation!!!!!

Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society is holding an ONLINE Pampered Chef Fundraiser!
10-15% of your total purchase will be donated to them!
This is your chance to purchase with a purpose! Make your cooking and entertaining a breeze with the help of Pampered Chef products!

To support Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society and order through this online fundraiser:
1. Go to
2. Choose your items, and check out.
Please choose direct shipping and please no PO Boxes.


You can get more information at


Scentsy Fundraiser

Team Party Paws here to host a fundraiser for Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society! We are one of the largest online Scentsy fundraising groups on FB! I am here to host a party to raise the most I can for Bluebonnet via Scentsy sales. I give my ENTIRE commission to every rescue, shelter, humane society, sanctuary etc that I hold fundraisers for via selling Scentsy. I don’t make money off selling Scentsy, but to be able to help this many animals across the US is unimaginable and touches my heart each time a rescue says yes, let’s do one! That means I can help even more animals smile emoticon Inside I get giddy!!! I love doing it and most of the people on my team are the same way! So with that said, let’s get this party going!


Go to, click Open Parties, and select Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society – then shop!  Get great products while helping deserving hoses!

More information at



Bluebonnet Rescue Horse Training Challenge Sponsors Needed

The Training Challenge is a competition in which professional trainers, foster homes, and youth work with a BEHS horse, pony, donkey, or mule for four months and then compete over an obstacle course and in a freestyle event at the Bluebonnet Horse Expo.  The goals of the Challenge are to get each horse the training he/she needs to find an adopter, to show off what rescue horses can do, and to get the horses adopted.

We’re seeking sponsors for this event.  Sponsor funds will help cover the cost of prize money, prizes, and advertising for the event.  Sponsorships start at just $25 and come with great benefits – the best being that you have a direct hand in helping needy horses find their forever homes!  For more info,



Foster Homes Needed

Foster homes critically needed for horses and other equines throughout Texas!

Be part of a team who helps rehab horses like Neela (below) – meet other horse lovers and expand your horse knowledge all while making a change in the lives of needy horses! We’ve recently had six different counties ask us to help with a total of nearly 25 horses, and we need more people on our fostering team!

BEHS pays/reimburses for pre-approved vet care, medications, and supplements. We also reimburse for de-wormered, $40 per farrier visit, and 60 cents/mile for pre-approved trailering. Hay, grain, and misc expenses are tax-deductible since we’re a nonprofit.

Learn more or download a fostering application at

The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures Of All Time

The 100 Most Important Cat Pictures Of All Time:

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.”



11152 Westheimer St. #841
Houston, TX  77042 
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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

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